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ALEXANDER POPE ESQ.
Engraved by H Holloway, pom a Picture painted by S. Richardson,
in the possession of Bery "Way Eng
Published January 1" 1797 by indel and Daviar Strand London,
Alexander Pope, Efq.
IN NINE VOLUMES, COMPLETE.
NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
By JOSEPH WARTON, D. D.
VOLUME THE FIRST.
Printed for B. LAW, J. JOHNSON, C. DILLY, G. G. and J. ROBINSON,
HE Public is here presented with a Complete Edition of the Works of POPE, both in Verse and Profe, accompanied with various Notes and Illuftrations. The reason for undertaking it, was the univerfal complaint, that Dr. Warburton had disfigured and difgraced his Edition, with many forced and far-fought interpretations, totally unfupported by the pafsages which they were brought to elucidate. If this was only my fingle opinion, nothing could have induced me to have delivered it with fo much freedom; nor to have undertaken this Work after it had paffed through the hands of Dr. Warburton. Many, however, of his Notes, that do not fall under this defcription, are here adopted. To this Edition are now added, feveral Poems undoubtedly of our Author's hand; and in profe, many Letters to different Correfpondents, which, from the circumstances
of literary history which they contain, it was thought might be entertaining; together with his Thoughts on Various Subjects; his Account of the Madness of Dennis; the poisoning of Edmund Curl; the Effay on the Origin of Sciences; the Key to the Rape of the Lock; and that piece of inimitable humour, the Fourteenth Chapter of Scriblerus, on the Double Miftrefs; all of which were inserted in his own Edition in quarto, 1741. And to thefe is added, alfo, one of the best of his critical compofitions, his Poftfcript to the Odyffey.
If I have fometimes ventured, in the following remarks, to point out any seeming blemishes and imperfections in the Works of this excellent Poet, I beg it may be imputed, not to the "dull, malignant delight," of feeking to find out trivial faults, but merely to guard the Reader from being mifled, by the example of a writer, in general, fo uniformly elegant and correct.
The Notes to which the letter P. is fubjoined, are by Mr. Pope himself; all which are carefully retained. Those marked W. are by Dr. Warburton. For the rest, I am answerable.