Sober Advice from Horace, to the young Gentleman about Town, As deliver’d in his second Sermon. Imitated in the Manner of Mr. Pope. Together with the original Text, as restored by the Revd R. Bentley …

London: Printed for T. Boreman … and sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster, [1734].

[bound with:]

[POPE, Alexander.] The Universal Prayer. By the Author of the Essay on Man. London: Printed for R. Dodsley … 1738.

Two works, folio, pp. [5], ff. 2-10 (Latin and English on facing pages), p. [1]; and pp. 7, [1]; old repairs to uncut outer margins of The Universal Prayer, central crease where folded, else good copies; bound together in modern brown paper over boards with printed paper label.

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First editions of Pope’s Sober Advice from Horace and Universal Prayer.

1: First edition, a somewhat coarse satire modelled on an equally coarse poem by Horace. Despite its anonymous publication, the use of a new publisher and the imposture of a dedication to Pope, his authorship was soon public knowledge. The Latin text is larded with mock-scholarly notes in the manner of Bentley, po-faced in their commentary on indelicacies. The is the scarce first issue, with the correct reading ‘comes amiss’ on p. 5. Foxon P968; Griffith 347; Rothschild 1621.

2: First edition, uncommon, written as early as 1715 and several times revised. The text is often cited as giving a clear definition of Pope’s views on free will. Foxon P982; Griffith 492; Rothschild 1644.

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