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Pope Alexander; The Works of Alexander Pope vol. V

SKU: Pope, Alexander AB0310109 $159.00
The Works of Alexander Pope, Esq. printed for Alexander Donaldson, London & Edinburgh in 1776. Containing letters to and from Mr. Pope. With table of Contents. Vol. V only from a VI volume set. Full brown leather with six compartment spine, red Moroccan author block (minor leather loss) in gilt and vol. # in gilt with gilt accents. Spine and binding are tight. Hinges show minimal wear inconsistent with age. 282 white to off-white pages without any foxing, spotting, tears or loss. The pages are in virtually, as new condition. The only physical deficit affecting this vol. is that, period hot glue has eaten through, recto & verso, the bottom edge of pages 277 thru to the end pages and stopping at paste down approx. 1 cm. x 1 cm. Does not affect text. Text is complete. Volume measures: 10.7 cm. x 17.5 cm. (16mo). An extraordinary volume printed at the time of Americaa's founding 234 years ago. 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.