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Large OCTAVO EDITION.
R. POPE, in his last illness, amused
himself, amidst the care of his higher concerns, in preparing a corrected and complete Edition of his Writings a; and, with his usual delicacy, was even follicitous to prevent any share of the offence they might occasion, from falling on the Friend whom he had engaged to give them to the public".
In discharge of this trust, the Public has here a complete Edition of his Works; executed in such a manner, as, I am persuaded, would have been to his fatisfaction.
2-" I own the late encroachments upon my conftitution made me willing to see the end of all further care
about me or my works. I would rest for the one in a “ full resignation of my Being to be disposed of by the " Father of all mercy; and for the other (though indeed
a trifle, yet a trifle may be fome example) I would com“mit them to the candour of a sensible and reflecting judge, rather than to the malice of
every short-lighted and malevolent critic, or inadvertent and censorious reader. And no hand can set them in so good a light.” &c. Let. cxx. to Mr. W. b“ I also give and bequeath to the said Mr. Warbur"ton, the property of all such of my works already print“ ed as he hath written or shall write Commentaries or “ Notes upon, and which I have not otherwise dispo of or alienated ; and as he shall publish WITHOUT FUTURE ALTERATIONS,”-His lasi Will and Teftament. VOL. I.
The Editor hath not, for the sake of profit, suffered the Author's Name to be made cheap by a Subscription ; nor his Works to be defrauded of their due honours by a vulgar or inelegant Impression ; nor his Memory to be difgraced by any pieces unworthy of his talents or virtue. On the contrary, he hath, at a very great expence, ornamented this Edition with all the advantages which the best Artists in Paper, Printing, and Sculpture could bestow
If the Public hath waited longer than the deference due to it's generous impatience for the Author's writings should have suffered, it was owing to a reason which the Editor need not be ashamed to tell. It was his regard to the family-interests of his deceased Friend. Mr. Pope, at his death, had left large impresfions of several parts of his Works, unfold; the property of which was adjudged to belong to his Executors; and the Editor was willing they should have time to dispose of them to the best advantage, before the publication of this Edition (which hath been long prepared) should put a stop to the sale.
be proper to be a little more particular concerning the superiority of this Edition above all the preceding; so far as Mr. Pope himself was concerned. What the Editor hath done, the Reader must collect for himself.
But it may