POCKET POPE

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.

London, ‘printed under the direction of J. Bell, British Library, Strand, bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales,’ 1787 [– 1788].

4 vols, 12mo in 6s, pp. I: 239, [1], II: 236, [2], III: 248, IV: 214, [2], with engraved titles to each volume (dated January 1778) and engraved frontispiece portrait to vol. I; engraved titles lightly foxed, small dampstain to lower outer corner of vol. IV, occasional spotting; early nineteenth-century half calf with marbled sides, neatly rebacked with the original gilt black morocco lettering-pieces relaid; somewhat worn at extremities, but a good set; near-contemporary ownership inscription of Ann Gaselee to each title.

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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.

Provenance: from the library of Sir Stephen Gaselee (1882–1943), civil servant, scholar, Pepys Librarian at Magdalene College Cambridge, President of the Bibliographical Society, and a donor to the University Library; thence by descent.

ESTC T143033; NCBEL II, col. 434.

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