8vo. pp. , 48, title printed in red and black, with engraved frontispiece and five engraved plates by Du Bosc after Du Guernier. 5 works in one vol., 8vo.; contemporary speckled calf, joints cracking at foot.
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The Rape of the Lock. An heroi-comical Poem. In five Canto’s … The second Edition.
Second edition of the final text, reset throughout and now with a headpiece to each canto. Griffith 34; Foxon P943. [Bound with:]
[POPE, Alexander]. A Key to the Lock. Or, a Treatise proving, beyond all Contradiction, the dangerous Tendency of a late Poem, entituled, The Rape of the Lock. To Government and Religion. By Esdras Barnivelt, Apoth. The second Edition. To which are added commendatory Copies of Verses, by the most eminent political Wits of the Age. London: Printed for J. Roberts … 1715; pp. iv, 5-32. Second edition, reprinting the text of the first (also 1715), with four new poems addressed to the pseudonymous Esdras Barnivelt. Griffith 38. [And:]
GAY, John. The Shepherd’s Week … The second Edition. London, Printed for J[acob]. T[onson]. and sold by W. Taylor … 1714; pp. , -60, , with engraved frontispiece and six plates by Du Guernier; wanting final leaf of ads. Second edition of Gay’s earthy pastorals, reprinting Ferdinando Burleigh’s first edition of the same year. Foxon G71. [And:]
GAY, John. Trivia: or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London … London: Printed for Bernard Lintott … ; pp. , 80, . First edition, the issue on ordinary paper, of Gay’s three urban eclogues conducting the reader through the streets and junctions (‘trivia’ in Latin) of London first by day and then by night, encountering a series of entertaining characters, from boot-boys and ballad-singers to footmen and fishwives. Foxon G81 (phoenix headpiece on p. 1); Rothschild 916. [And:]
COUNSELLOR’S PLEA (The) for the Divorce of Sir G[eorge]. D[owning]. and Mrs. F[orester]. The second Edition. London: Sold by R. Burleigh … 1715; pp. , 33, . A rare reissue (the title-page is a cancel): ESTC records a copy at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin only.
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–––––––––––––. Original Letters, familiar, moral and critical … in two Volumes … London: Printed for W. Mears … 1721.
First editions. Dennis, best known for his critical writings, was also a poet and a moderately successful author of plays, and all three genres are represented in his Select Works, including his tragedies Iphigenia and Appius and Virginia, and his influential essay The Grounds of Criticism in Poetry. A letter from Dennis to Thomas Parker, Lord High Chancellor and afterwards first Earl of Macclesfield, a notable patron of the arts and sciences, suggests that Select Works was a presentation copy:
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