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The Rape of the Lock. An Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Canto's; BOUND WITH A Key to the Lock or, A Treatise Proving, Beyond All Contradiction, the Dangerous Tendency of a Late Poem, Entituled [sic], ... To Government and Religion By Esdras Barnivelt, Apoth
London: Printed for Bernard Lintott, at the Cross-Keys in Fleetstreet, 1714; Printed for J. Roberts, 1715, 1714. Pp. [8], 48 with 11 engravings (includes 2 headpieces, 1 tailpiece, and 2 initials) signed on the plate Lud. Du Guernier, inv. and C. Du Bosc, sculp., title-page printed in red and black. ESTC - T5727 with the catchword "Th" on p.8 and the misnumbered pages 29, 44 and 45 (26, 45, 44 respectively). "First published anonymously in Lintot's Miscellany in May 1712 in two cantos (334 lines), but then revised, expanded and reissued under Pope's name on March 2, 1714, in a much-expanded 5-canto version (794 lines)." - Wikipedia. BOUND WITH "A Key to the Lock. Or, A Treatise proving, beyond all Contradiction, the dangerous Tendency of a late Poem, entituled [sic], The Rape of the Lock. To Government and Religion. By Esdras Barnivelt, Apoth. The Second Edition. To which are added commendatory Copies of Verses, by the most Eminent Political Wits of the Age." "Written in 1715 by Pope (using the pseudonym Esdras Barnivelt), this humorous interpretation of The Rape of the Lock serves as a warning to critics not to take the poem too seriously. In the Key Pope exposes his own poem as a dangerous political allegory (Belinda represents Great Britain, the Lock represents the Barrier Treaty...). The Key also shows Pope trying to placate Sir George Brown (the original for Sir Plume, Sir George was none too happy with the role he played in the poem) by indicating there were at least two possible originals for Sir Plume. " P. 8, then 7-32, first leaf of text catchword "nal", ESTC - T5683. Bound in modern quarter maroon morocco and cloth boards, gilt spine lettering, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. From the library of the internationally recognized bibliophile and collector of rare manuscripts, Abel E. Berland, with his small nameplate to front pastedown. Contemporary signature to title-page, otherwise interior very clean and bright. A lovely copy overall. . First Complete Edition. Hard Cover. Fine. 12mo..
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