8vo., pp. , 350, , with an engraved portrait frontispiece by David Loggan (second state, see Wither to Prior pp. 93-4, offset to titlepage) and two terminal advertisement leaves, but wanting the rare longitudinal half-title; some spotting to the preliminaries but a very good copy in early nineteenth century russia, spine gilt; armorial bookplate of James Maidment, with some biographical notes by him.
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Songs and other Poems … The second Edition corrected and enlarged.
Second edition, adding much new material including the poems ‘To his friend Thomas Stanley Esq. on his Odes’, ‘Cromwell’s Panegyrick’, and the salacious ‘Record in Rhyme’; eight songs; and some new commendatory verses in addition to the one by Isaak Walton. Also new is a commendatory letter signed ‘R.B.’, probably Richard Brathwaite.
Pforzheimer 105; Wing B 4853.
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First authorised edition, preceded by Curll’s pirated collection of 1707. In the preface Prior complains that in Curll’s edition poems by other authors have been misattributed to him and that some of his own poems are ‘transcribed … so imperfectly, that I hardly knew them to be mine’. He divides the poems here into four categories, ‘Public Panegyrics’, ‘Amorous Odes’, ‘Idle Tales’, and ‘Serious Reflections’, but ‘some of its most famous poems (Henry and Emma, An English Padlock, and Jinny the Just) do not easily fit into any one of these categories’ (ODNB).
POCKET POPE POPE, Alexander.
The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, with his last Corrections, Additions, and Improvements, in four Volumes, from the Text of Dr. Warburton, with the Life of the Author.
A good set of Pope’s works, printed for inclusion in Bell’s The Poets of Great Britain. Initially imported from Edinburgh and issued with new titles, Bell’s Poets of Great Britain was intended to provide attractive and portable works of British poets ‘from Chaucer to Churchill’, sold both individually and together as a 109-volume set. Bell’s first London-printed Pope appeared in 1786, followed by the present edition a year later.