London; 1735-1738: Various (see description). Octavo. Item #025539
A collection of the works of Alexander Pope printed between 1735 and 1738 bound as a collective set. Vol. I. Printed for B. Lintot, 1736, London, with explanatory notes and additions never before published, portrait frontispiece, 198pp. With a table of contents for the first four volumes. Contains The Rape of the Lock which was first written in two cantos and printed in a Miscellany, without the author's name. It was then published a year later with his name. Vol. II. Printed for L. Gulliver, 1735. London. Half-title, title page, 160pp. containing An essay on man with imprint date 1732, with Satires of Horace imitated, to which are added, Satires of Dr. John Donne.-- Epitaphs.-- The Dunciad. Vol. III. Printed for H. Lintot, 1736, London. Half-title, title page,198, (2)pp. publisher's ads. Containing his Fables, Translations and Imitations. Vol. IV. Printed for L. Gilliver, and J. Clarke, 1736, London. [1-2]3-258pp. Containing the Dunciad, with the Prolegomena of Scriblerus and Notes Variorum. There is a comma after Gilliver in imprint and page 129 begins "Such was her won't, at early drawn to drop", includes indexes, "A list of books, papers, and verses, in which our author was abused, before the publication of the Dunciad: with the true names of the authors" p.234-239. Vol. V. Printed for T. Cooper, 1737, London. Second edition, corrected. Title page, and half-title, 240pp.pg. 153 mis-numbered 131. Containing an authentic edition of his letters. Vol. VI. Printed for T. Cooper, 1737, London. Second edition, corrected, title page, 234pp.containing the second part of his letters. Vol. VII. Printed for R. Dodsley, 1738, London. Half-title, Vol.II Part II. containing such pieces of this author as were written since the former volumes and never before publish'd in octavo; Dialogue, Epistles of Horace book one; The First Epistle of the second book of Horace; The Second Epistle of the second book of Horace; The Sixth Satire of the second book of Horace; The Seventh Epistle of the first book of Horace; The Second Satire of the first book of Horace; The Third Satire of Dr.John Donne by Dr. Parnelle and Miscellanies. "The book is important, because it is the princeps of several short poems; of some others it embodies revisions, notably Sober advice... It is a patched together volume. Parts of it were printed in shops of different printers." - R.H. Griffith. Signatures are signed but not in sequence. All uniformly bound in full mottled calf, boards double ruled in gilt, raised bands with compartments decorated in gilt and with a crowns, brown morocco labels gilt, all edges speckled red, early owner's bookplate William Barnes. A couple of tiny chips to heads of three volumes, upper joint to volume one a bit fragile otherwise a very nice set of Pope's works published during his lifetime and quite scarce with no auction records located. OCLC notes individual volumes; a four volume set and a six volume set.