London: Printed by J. Wright for Lawton Gilliver at Homer's Head in Fleetstreet, 1734. First Edition. Hardcover. Folio. Very good condition. Item #010787
[iv], 20 pages of text. Page 20 mis-numbered as 30. Circa 1950 hardcover binding of ordinary paper-covered boards with minimal shelfwear and soiling. Title page with minor ink staining along top edge, not affecting text. A few tiny stains and smudges to text. Final page of text slightly to moderately soiled, not affecting text. First edition, first printing. Rothschild 1623. Page height 12+7/8 inches. The poet's apologia, his blasting conclusion to the warfare upon his enemies, the Dunces...In publishing the Epistle, he sought no cloak on anonymity. Previously he had done so, partly through fear of consequences and partly, it would appear, because of a feeling that the inferior social status of his adversaries would derogate from his own dignity if he placed his own name to his attacks. But when Lord Hervey and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu joined the ranks of his enemies, he could afford to accept battle with them openly." --Griffith 352. Alexander Pope (1688-1744).