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It has long been a matter of dispute among bibliographers whether the
duodecimo or an almost identical octavo should be considered the first edition.
The case for the duodecimo has been ably stated by Professor R. H. Griffith [
Professor Griffith regards Pope's note as "further evidence that the edition is a
real pirated edition." It may be so; but, on the grounds that Pope was quite
capable of instructing a printer to insert "Gold" for "Glad" merely to enable him to
write the ...
First (?) edition, duodecimo, Griffith 198. 17286 = Second (?) edition, octavo,
Griffith 199. 1728c = Third (?) edition ("Gold chains"), duodecimo, Griffith 200.
1728*/ = "The Second Edition," duodecimo, Griffith 201. 1728« = "The Third
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