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dederis te, nec in Præmiis humanis spem pofu-
Alexander Pope Efq.
V O L U ME I.
Printed for H. LINTOT, J. and R. TONSON,
and S. DRAPER.
Τ Ο Τ Η Ε
Large OCTAVO EDITION.
R. POPE, in his last illness, amused
himself, amidst the care of his higher concerns, in preparing a corrected and complete Edition of his Writings * ; and, with his usual delicacy, was even folicitous to prevent any share of the offence they might occasion, from falling on the Friend whom he had engaged to give them to the Public t.
" I own the late encroachments upon my “ constitution make me willing to see the end of all « further care about me or my works. I would rest 66 for the one in a full resignation of my Being to be “ disposed of by the Father of all Mercy; and for " the other (though indeed a trifle, yet a trifle may * be fome example) I would commit them to the " candour of a sensible and reflecting judge, rather " than to the malice of every short-fighted and “ malevolent critic, or inadvertent and cenforious « Reader. And no hand can set them in so good a 6 light, &c.” Let. cxx. to Mr. W.
t " I also give and bequeath to the said Mr. “ Warburton, the property of all such of my Works
already printed as he hath written or shall write « Commentaries or notes upon, and which I have “ not otherwise disposed of or alienated; and as he 66 shall publish WITHOUT FUTURE ALTERA: 66 TIONS."--His last Will and Testament.
In discharge of this trust, the Public has here a complete Edition of his Works; executed in such a manner, as, I am persuaded, would have been to his fatisfaction.
The Editor hath not, for the sake of profit, suffered the Author's Name to be made cheap by a Subscription ; nor his Works' to be defrauded of their due Honours by a vulgar or inelegant Impreffion ; nor his memory to be disgraced by any pieces unworthy of his talents or virtue. On the contrary, he hath, at a very great expence, ornamented this Edition with all the advantages which the best Artists in Paper, Printing, and Sculpture could be stow upon it
: If the Public hath waited longer than the deference due to it should have fuffered, it was owing to a reason which the Editor need not make a secret. It was his regard to the family-interests of his decealed Friend. Mr. Pope, at his death, left large impressions of several parts of his Works, unsold ; the property of which was adjudged to belong to his Éxecutors; and the Editor was willing they should have time to dispose of them to the best advantage, before the publication of this Edition (which hath been long prepared) should put a stop to the fale.