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The Impertinent, or a Visit to the Court. A Satyr. By an Eminent Hand
London: John Wileord [i.e Wilford], 1733. First edition. [3]-16 pp., lacking half-title. 4to. Modern half calf and marbled boards, morocco title label on front cover. First edition. [3]-16 pp., lacking half-title. 4to. Imitation of Horace by Way of Donne. First edition of one of the rarest of Pope's works, an imitation of Donne's Satyre IV (c. 1597), itself a reworking of Horce's Satire 1.9 ("Ibam forte via sacra"). In Horace's poem the speaker is pesteredby a man petitioning favors and can only break free when the man's adversary appears; both Pope and Donne change the location to the court. Pope's version contains a pointed attack on Walpole and was published anonymously and with the printer's name perhaps deliberately changed from Wilford to Wileord. Pope later acknowledged authorship by including the poem in his 1735 Works under the title "Fourth Satire of Dr. John Donne," and several unauthorized editions followed in 1737. The half-title is missing in most, though not all, recorded copies; Griffith notes a half-title is allowed for by the pagination, though it was lacking in both copies he cites. A clean, wide-margined copy. ESTC T5678; Foxon P898; Griffith 317; Keynes, Donne 112n
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