POPE'S HORATIAN IMITATION

The first Satire of the second Book of Horace, imitated in a Dialogue between Alexander Pope, of Twickenham … on the one Part, and his learned Council on the other …

London: Printed by L. G. and sold by A. Dodd … E. Nutt … and by the Booksellers of London and Westminster. 1733.

Folio, pp. 19, [1], with the Latin and English texts on facing pages; some identifications in manuscript; small hole in last leaf, affecting one word, central crease where folded, evidence of earlier stab-stitching, else a good copy in modern boards; modern bookplate of Robert Ball to front pastedown, with several printed descriptions adhered to front pastedown or loosely inserted.

£150

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US $194€178

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First edition, second impression, of the first of Pope’s Horatian imitations, written from his sickbed in response to the controversy over his Epistle to Burlington.

Bolingbroke had visited him and, spotting an edition of Horace, commented ‘how well it would hit my case, were I to imitate it in English. After he was gone, I read it over; translated it in a morning or two, and sent it to the press a week or fortnight after’ (Twickenham, Pope IV, p. xiii).

There were several very similar folio printings of the poem. This is the second impression, Griffiths’s variant c, with a comma after Pope in the title and the correct catchword ‘Whether’ on p. 13, but without a price on the title-page.

Griffiths 291; Foxon P887.

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