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Pope Alexander; The Works of Alexander Pope Esq. vol. X

SKU: Pope, Alexander AB0310110 $35.00
The Works of Alexander Pope, Esq. in XII volumes complete of which this is vol. X only. Printed for: A. Millar, J. and R. Tonson, C. Bathurst, H. Woodfall, R. Baldwin, W. Johnston, T. Calson, T. Longman, B. Law, T. Field, R. Withy, and M. Richardson in 1764. Letters to/from Sir W. Trumbull, Letters to/from several persons, Letters to/ from Mr. Steele, Letters to/from Mr. Addison, Letters to/from Lord Hallifax, Letters to/from Mr. Congreve, Letters to/from Edw. Blount, etca Full red Moroccan with marble paste down and end pages, gilt borders on boards and a 6 compartment spine with author/title block, # block and gilt embellishments. Bookplate on front paste down. Considerable crazing, flaking and loss of leather to spine. However, the binding is tight. Front cover, top corner is missing a 2 cm. x 2 cm. triangular shaped piece of Moroccan. Both hinges are cracked through. 361 light tan pages with minor foxing and spotting limited to the first and last pages primarily. There is some random minor spotting throughout. There is a period signature in ink on the title page top, right. Stain of approx 1 cm. on bottom edge of pages 257 on, which does not affect text. Text is complete. Volume measures: 11 cm. x 17.5 cm. (16mo). What was once a deluxe edition has seen better days. The intervening 246 years could have been kinder. Still an acceptable reading copy or set addition. Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 a'' 30 May 1744) was a famous eighteenth century English poet, best known for his satirical verse and for his translation of Homer. He is the third most frequently quoted writer in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, after Shakespeare and Tennyson. Pope is famous for his use of the heroic couplet. Pope died the greatest poet of his age. However, by the mid-eighteenth century new fashions in poetry started to emerge. A decade after Popea's death, Joseph Warton claimed that Popea's style of poetry was not the most excellent form of the art. The Romantic movement was more ambivalent towards his work. In the twentieth century an effort to revive Popea's reputation began and was successful. Popea's work was now found to be full of references to the people and places of his time and these aided individuals understanding of the past. The postwar period stressed the power of Popea's poetry and recognized the Popea's immersion in Christian and Biblical culture gave great depth to his poetry. Maynard Mack thought very highly of Popea's poetry. He argued that Popea's humane moral vision demanded as much respect as his technical excellence.