Of false Taste. An Epistle to the right honourable Richard Earl of Burlington. Occasion’d by his publishing Palladio’s Designs of the Baths, Arches, Theatres, &c. of Ancient Rome … The third Edition. London: Printed for L. Gilliver … 1731 [1732]. [With:]

POPE, Alexander. An Epistle to the right honourable Richard Lord Visct. Cobham … London: Printed for Lawton Gilliver … 1733. [and with:]

POPE, Alexander. Of the Characters of Women: an Epistle to a Lady … London: Printed by J. Wright for Lawton Gilliver … 1735.

London, L. Gilliver, 1731-1735.

Three works, folio, pp. 14, [2, advertisements]; pp. [4], 13, [3, blank and advertisements]; and pp. [2], 16, [2, advertisments], with a half-title; terminal pages slightly dusty in each work, but very good copies, bound together in modern boards.


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1) Third edition of Of false Taste, published on 15 January 1732, adding Pope’s long letter to Burlington in reply to ‘the clamour rais’d about this epistle’. This is the first of three issues, with the misprint ‘Cielings’ on p. 11. Griffith 267; Foxon P912.

2) First edition of Pope’s third Epistle or ‘Moral Essay’, to Lord Cobham, now generally known by its half-title – ‘Of the Knowledge and Character of Men’: ‘The wild are constant, and the cunning known, / The fool consistent, and the false sincere; / Priests, princes, women, no dissemblers here.’ There was only one separate folio edition. Griffith 329; Foxon P920; Rothschild 1611.

3) First edition, second issue, with ‘Flettstreet’ corrected to ‘Fleetstreet’ in the imprint. The ‘Lady’ was Pope’s friend Martha Blount, who eventually became his mistress. The ‘Advertisement’ is an inserted leaf printed as conjugate with the terminal advertisements (which are often wanting, but are present in this copy). Griffith 361; Foxon P917.

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