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Pope, Alexander
AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM. FOR W. LEWIS, SOLD BY W. TAYLOR, T. OSBORN AND J. GRAVES, 1711
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Pope, Alexander
AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM. FOR W. LEWIS, SOLD BY W. TAYLOR, T. OSBORN AND J. GRAVES, 1711
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Pope, Alexander
AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM. FOR W. LEWIS, SOLD BY W. TAYLOR, T. OSBORN AND J. GRAVES, 1711
4to, half-title, FIRST EDITION OF THE AUTHOR'S FIRST SEPARATE PUBLICATION, with half title, without final advertisement leaf, AUTOGRAPH RECEIPT MADE OUT TO SUBSCRIBER FOR ADVANCE PAYMENT OF 'THE ILIAD' TIPPED-IN ("Receivd of Rich.d Potinger Esq. Two Guineas | being the first Paymt for Homer's Iliad | translated by A. Pope. | May 18.th"), later blue crushed morocco gilt by B.M. Pickering, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers
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Provenance

The poet and bibliophile Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821-1895), bookplate; F. Grant, bookplate; James Clemens, sale at Perke-Bernet, New York, 9 January 1945, lot 348; Halsted B. Vander Poel, his collection of English literature, sale at Christie's, Wednesday 3 March, 2004, lot 66

Literature

Foxon P-806; Griffith 2; Hayward 145; Rothschild 1562

Catalogue Note

Published ten days before his twenty-third birthday (and preceded only by publication of the poem 'Pastorals' and two pieces of criticisim in 1709 in Poetical Miscellanies) An Essay on Criticism contains some of the most well-known lines in the English Language, including "To err, is human, to forgive divine", "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread" and "A little learning is a dangerous thing". Pope's translation of The Iliad was issued by subscription, one volume per year over six years at a guinea a volume. "The initial down payment was set at two guineas to defray the translator's out-of-pocket expense..." (M. Mack, Alexander Pope, 1988). 

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