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}}[[wikipedia:Alexander Pope|Alexander Pope]] (1688 &ndash; 1744) was a poet famous for his moral satires and mock epics, as well as his use of the heroic couplet.<ref>Howard Erskine-Hill, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/22526 "Pope, Alexander (1688–1744)"], ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'' (Oxford University Press, 2004), accessed October 3, 2013.</ref> Pope's professional opportunities were limited because of his Catholic faith and poor health throughout his life.<ref>"Alexander Pope (1688-1744)," ''Luminarium'', excerpted from ''Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed.'', XXII (Cambridge University Press, 1910), 87.</ref>
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pope Alexander Pope] (1688-1744) is a poet famous for his moral satires and mock epics, as well as his use of the heroic couplet.<ref> Howard Erskine-Hill, [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/22526 “Pope, Alexander (1688–1744)”], ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'' (Oxford University Press, 2004), accessed October 3, 2013. Unless otherwise noted, all biographical details are from this source.</ref> Pope’s professional opportunities were limited because of his Catholic faith and poor health throughout his life; this drove him to read extensively and to write poetry.<ref> “Alexander Pope (1688-1744),” ''Luminarium'', excerpted from ''Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed.'', XXII (Cambridge University Press, 1910), p. 87.</ref><br/>
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[[File:PopeWorks1751v1Frontispiece.jpg|left|thumb|250px|<center>Frontispiece, volume one.</center>]]
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Pope began his foray into pastoral poetry with his first major poem, ''Pastorals'' (1705). He explored the intellectual and emotional reach of poetry within formal composition rules, satirizing the poet's dedication to these rules in his famous poem ''An Essay on Criticism'' (1711). In 1712 Pope started to write mock epic poetry with the ''Rape of the Lock'', which he followed with a famous verse translation of Homer's ''[[Iliad of Homer|Iliad]],'' which took six years to complete.
  
His first major poem was the ''Pastorals'' (1705), which began his foray into pastoral poetry. In 1712 he started to write mock epic poetry with the ''Rape of the Lock'', which he followed with a famous verse translation of Homer’s [http://lawlibrary.wm.edu/wythepedia/index.php/Illiad ''Iliad''] that took him six years to complete.<br/><br/>
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During the 1720s, Pope published multiple versions of a mock heroic the ''Dunciads'', cementing his reputation as a satirist.<ref>Maynard Mack and Duncan Robinson, "The World of Alexander Pope," ''The Yale University Library Gazette'', 62, nos. 3/4 (Yale University, 1988), 108.</ref> However, his poem ''An Essay on Man'' (1734-35) marked a move away from satire back to the poetic essay.<ref>Ibid, 111.</ref> He continued to write poetic epistles, as well as the ''Books of Horace'', until his death in 1744.<ref>Ibid, 117-120.</ref>
  
Pope explored the intellectual and emotional reach of poetry within formal composition rules, satirizing the poet’s dedication to these rules in his famous poem ''An Essay on Criticism'' (1711).<br/>
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''The Works of Alexander Pope Esq. In Nine Volumes Complete'' was published in 1751, and became the primary edition of Pope’s works.<ref>Ibid, 135.</ref>
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During the 1720s, Pope published multiple versions of a mock heroic the ''Dunciads'', cementing his reputation as a satirist.<ref> Maynard Mack and Duncan Robinson, “The World of Alexander Pope,” ''The Yale University Library Gazette'', 62, No. 3/4 (Yale University, 1988), p. 108.</ref> However, his poem ''An Essay on Man'' (1734-35) marked a move away from satire back to the poetic essay.<ref>Ibid., p. 111.</ref> In this poem he explored the relationship between religion and human life.<ref>Ibid., p. 111.</ref> He continued to write poetic epistles, as well as the ''Books of Horace'', until his death in 1744.<ref>Ibid., pp. 117-120.</ref><br/>
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}}Listed in the [[Jefferson Inventory]] of [[Wythe's Library]] as ''Pope's works. 9.v. 8vo.'' and given by [[Thomas Jefferson]] to his daughter [[Martha Jefferson Randolph|Martha]]. The precise edition of the set owned by Wythe is unknown. [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe George Wythe's Library]<ref>''LibraryThing'', s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on November 18, 2013, http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe </ref> on LibraryThing indicates as much, adding "Numerous nine-volume editions in octavo were published, the first at London in 1751." The [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 Brown Bibliography]<ref> Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433</ref> lists the first edition (1750-1751) published in London, and this was the edition purchased by the Wolf Law Library.
  
Pope first published his ''Works'' in 1717, while he was working on his translation of Homer. ''The Works of Alexander Pope Esq. In Nine Volumes Complete'' was published in 1751, and became the primary edition of Pope’s works.<ref> Ibid., p. 135.</ref><br/>
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==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
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Bound in nineteenth century hard-grained morocco, spines and edges gilt, with silk markers in each volume. Ownership inscription in each volume of J. Barnard; bookplates of Charles and Mary Lacaita on each front pastedown. Purchased from Christopher Edwards.
 
  
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Images of the library's copy of this book are [https://www.flickr.com/photos/wolflawlibrary/sets/72157637697220884 available on Flickr.] View the record for this book in [https://wm.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/01COWM_INST/g9pr7p/alma991025803969703196 William & Mary's online catalog.]
  
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<blockquote> Foxon has shown that this octavo edition was what Pope had designed for some time before his death, despite the fact that the "death-bed" editions of the 1740s had been produced in quarto: 'Warburton produced the edition for a general readership that would always have been the result of the grand edition in quarto.' <ref> Foxon, Pope and the early 18th century book trade, p. 152</ref> The edition remains the best approach we have to Pope's final idea of how his works should be produced; and it is in this final format and this recension that Pope's text was fixed for the rest of the century. </blockquote>
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'''Title:''' The Works Of Alexander Pope Esq. In Nine Volumes Complete, With His Last Corrections, Additions, and Improvements; as They Were Delivered to the Editor a Little Before His Death, Together With The Commentaries and Notes of Mr. Warburton
 
 
 
'''Publication Info:''' London: Printed for J. and P. Knapton {etc.}, 1751.
 
 
 
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Bound in 19th century hard-grained morocco, spines and edges gilt, silk markers. Ownership inscription in each volume of J. Barnard; booklabels of Charles and Mary Lacaita. Contains 23 engraved plates, including the frontispiece to volume I and two extra plates inserted in vols. I-II. Purchased from Christopher Edwards ABA ILAB.
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 11:25, 28 October 2021

by Alexander Pope

The Works of Alexander Pope
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Title page from The Works of Alexander Pope, volume one, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Alexander Pope
Editor William Warburton
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Published London: Printed for J. and P. Knapton {etc.}
Date 1751
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Language English
Volumes 9 volume set
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Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) was a poet famous for his moral satires and mock epics, as well as his use of the heroic couplet.[1] Pope's professional opportunities were limited because of his Catholic faith and poor health throughout his life.[2]

Frontispiece, volume one.

Pope began his foray into pastoral poetry with his first major poem, Pastorals (1705). He explored the intellectual and emotional reach of poetry within formal composition rules, satirizing the poet's dedication to these rules in his famous poem An Essay on Criticism (1711). In 1712 Pope started to write mock epic poetry with the Rape of the Lock, which he followed with a famous verse translation of Homer's Iliad, which took six years to complete.

During the 1720s, Pope published multiple versions of a mock heroic the Dunciads, cementing his reputation as a satirist.[3] However, his poem An Essay on Man (1734-35) marked a move away from satire back to the poetic essay.[4] He continued to write poetic epistles, as well as the Books of Horace, until his death in 1744.[5]

The Works of Alexander Pope Esq. In Nine Volumes Complete was published in 1751, and became the primary edition of Pope’s works.[6]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Bookplate of Charles and Mary Lacaita, front pastedown, volume five.

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as Pope's works. 9.v. 8vo. and given by Thomas Jefferson to his daughter Martha. The precise edition of the set owned by Wythe is unknown. George Wythe's Library[7] on LibraryThing indicates as much, adding "Numerous nine-volume editions in octavo were published, the first at London in 1751." The Brown Bibliography[8] lists the first edition (1750-1751) published in London, and this was the edition purchased by the Wolf Law Library.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in nineteenth century hard-grained morocco, spines and edges gilt, with silk markers in each volume. Ownership inscription in each volume of J. Barnard; bookplates of Charles and Mary Lacaita on each front pastedown. Purchased from Christopher Edwards.

Frontispiece, volume two.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

See also

References

  1. Howard Erskine-Hill, "Pope, Alexander (1688–1744)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004), accessed October 3, 2013.
  2. "Alexander Pope (1688-1744)," Luminarium, excerpted from Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Ed., XXII (Cambridge University Press, 1910), 87.
  3. Maynard Mack and Duncan Robinson, "The World of Alexander Pope," The Yale University Library Gazette, 62, nos. 3/4 (Yale University, 1988), 108.
  4. Ibid, 111.
  5. Ibid, 117-120.
  6. Ibid, 135.
  7. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on November 18, 2013, http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe
  8. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433

External Links

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Read volume two of this book in Google Books.