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Alexander Pope - The Dunciad Variorum - 1729

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First edition of the greatest satirical poem in the English language with numerous remarkable manuscript annotations by a neat and learned 18th century hand

État: Très bon état
Langue: Anglais
Édition: 1ère édition
Année de publication: 1729
Auteur: Alexander Pope
Titre du livre: The Dunciad Variorum
Nombre de livres: 1
Éditeur: A. Dod
Reliure: Cuir

THE GREATEST SATIRICAL POEM IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, AS WELL AS THE GREATEST MOCK-CRITICAL APPARATUS EVER ACHIEVED

THE FIRST EDITION OF ‘THE DUNCIAD VARIORUM’ – THE GREATEST SATIRICAL POEM IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE, WITH NUMEROUS LEARNED 18TH CENTURY EXPLANATORY AND EDITORIAL ANNOTATIONS AND CORRECTIONS, OF THE 1729 FIRST EDITION OF THE ‘DUNCIAD VARIORUM’ OF ALEXANDER POPE, THE GREATEST SATIRICAL POEM IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, AS WELL AS UNDOUBTEDLY THE GREATEST MOCK-CRITICAL APPARATUS EVER ACHIEVED, PRINTED IN QUARTO AT LONDON FOR ‘A. DOD,’ WITH THE FAMOUS ENGRAVED VIGNETTE ON THE TITLE-PAGE SHOWING AN ASS LADEN WITH BOOKS, CHEWING THISTLES, AND AN OWL PERCEHD ATOP, COMPLETE IN ALL RESPECTS, IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND BOUND IN 20TH CENTURY QUARTER-CALF. The volume may be referenced as Griffith 211 and Foxon P771. This is the true first issue, ending in X4 and without the ‘Addenda. M. Scriblerus Lectori’ leaf at the end’ (which was added in the later ‘John Wright for A. Dod’ issue)

THE REMARKABLE 18TH CENTURY MANUSCRIPT ANNOTATIONS ARE DETAILED IN FULL BELOW.

The full title reads as follows:

“The Dunciad Variorum. / With the Prolegomena of Scriblerus. / London. / Printed for A. Dod. 1729.”

THE DUNCIAD, THE GREATEST POETICAL SATIRE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, is Pope’s mock-encomium to Dulness, in which he skewers his political and literary enemies, as well as the general epidemic of pretension and vacuity. The poem is an indisputable masterpiece; however, the same can be said of the mock-critical apparatus, in which Pope provides needlessly obscure notes and baroque criticisms in great volume.

It must also be noted that three major iterations of ‘The Dunciad’ were produced over the course of Pope’s career. The first was the octavo and duodecimo of 1728, which contained only the poem, was in three books, and is extremely rare. In this iteration and the subsequent, Lewis Theobald was the ‘hero,’ as a reward for his exhaustive criticism of Pope’s edition of Shakespeare (see Theobald’s “Shakespeare Restored” of 1726). The second iteration was the quarto and octavo of 1729, called “The Dunciad Variorum,” which was openly avowed by Pope and contained the mock-critical apparatus of Scriblerus. THE PRESENT VOLUME IS THE FIRST EDITION OF THIS ITERATION. IT IS THEREFORE ALSO THE FIRST AUTHORIZED EDITION. The third iteration dates from 1742, adds a fourth book, replaces Theobald with Colley Cibber, and announces the fulfillment of the conquest of Darkness, which the first and second iterations had only prophesied.

PROVENANCE: 1. A REMARKABLE SERIES OF LEARNED 18TH CENTURY ANNOTATIONS IN MANUSCRIPT IN A FINE, CLEAR HAND (though their author does not identify himself or herself), AS FOLLOWS:

p.3, l. 2 – The first page of the ‘Advertisement,’ ‘more correct’ is underlined and below the text is written ‘Dr. Warburton says this was the first Correct Edition of the Dunciad’

p. 12, l. 6 – ‘Testimonies of Authors,’ ‘in their own Journals and’ is added after ‘till’ in ‘never made publick till by Curl’

p. 23, l. 11 – ‘Martinus Scriblerus, of the Poem, ‘oil’ is changed to ‘toil’

p. 2, ll. 6 and 8 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘the’ is added after ‘Dunce’ in line 6, and ‘Ee’r’ is changed to ‘E’er’ in line 8.

p. 3, l. 24 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘sister realms acquire’ is changed to ‘Sister Realm acquires’

p. 4, l. 38 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘rubric’ is underlined and the note ‘2. Rubric, Red, Post’ is added

p. 5, l. 12 of the remarks – ‘Satyr’ is changed to ‘satire’

p. 7, l. 72 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘Zembla’ is explained as ‘Nova Zembla, or New Zealand in the Frozen Ocean’; ‘Barca’ is explained as ‘Verse 73. Barca flowers] The Desart of Barca in Africa which is a barren waste.’

p. 8, l. 89 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘Shrieves’ is described as ‘Shrieve is the old word for Sheriff’

p. 9, l. 103 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘Philips’ is identified as ‘Ambrose Philips’

p. 9, penultimate line, left column of ‘Remarks’ – ‘verse 238’ is crossed out and replaced with ‘Remarks on Verse 281’

p. 18, l. 206 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘rowling’ is changed to ‘rolling’

p. 19, l. 213 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘Rowz’d’ is changed to ‘Rous’d’

p. 21, l. 244 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘H***’ is identified as ‘Heidegger’

p. 29, l. 75 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘Here’ is changed to ‘Hear’

p. 41, l. 248 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘attempred’ is changed to ‘attemper’d’

p. 42 – ‘The Dunciad,’ in the margin beside the ‘Remarks’ to verses 253 and 258 is written “V. M. Scrib. Sec. 1. p. 81. which is wrong. It is right here, there being Courts of Chancery Viz. One before the Chan[cello]r. + one before the Master of the Rolls

p. 51, l. 375 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘At’ is changed to ‘As’

p. 58, l. 56 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘run’ is changed to ‘rush’

p. 65 – ‘The Dunciad, in the ‘Remarks’ to verse 175, ‘the late Bishop of S.’ is identified as ‘Burnet Bishop of Salisbury’

p. 76, ll. 76-77 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘B***’ is identified as ‘Benson’ and ‘Namby Pamby’ is identified as ‘Ambrose Philips.’ In addition, in the ‘Remarks’ on verse 323, ‘Francis late Bishop of Rochester’ is identified as ‘Atterbury.’

p. 78, l. 342 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘a’thereal’ is changed to ‘Aethereal’

p. 79, l. 352 – ‘The Dunciad,’ ‘Sence’ is changed to ‘Sense’

p. 81 – ‘M. Scriblerus Lectori,’ the following is added in explanation of ‘The Rubric’: ‘The directions given in the Liturgy are called The Rubric because formerly written or printed in Red, to distinguish it from the Office of the Liturgy itself, which was in black Letters.’

p. 82 – Several entries in the ‘Index Of Persons celebrated in this Poem’ are crossed out, amended or moved

THE VOLUME IS COMPLETE IN ALL RESPECTS. It is paginated as follows: [ii], 16, [ii], 30, [ii], 118, cxix-cxxiv. It collates as follows: [2], a-b4, B-O4, P2, Q-X4. The volume measures 25.9 cm by 20.1 cm by 1.7 cm. Each leaf measures about 254 mm by 194 mm.

THE VOLUME IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. It is bound in 20th century quarter-calf, with the spine divided by raised bands into 6 compartments. The title is stamped in gilt in the second compartment from the head. The hinges and book-block are strong, and the spine is unworn. The edges and corners show minor wear.

INTERNALLY, the leaves are clean and bright throughout, with clear print and ample margins.

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