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The Works of Alexander Pope in Verse and Prose. Containing the Principal Notes of Doctor's Warburton and Warton: Illustrations, and Critical and Explanatory Remarks by Johnson, Wakefield, A. Chalmers, and Others. To Which are Added Now for the First Time Published Some Original Letters with Additional Observations, and Memoirs of the Life of the Author [Ten Volumes Complete]
Printed for J. Johnson, London [and others] First Edition 1806. Ten Volumes. London 1806. Contemporary polished tree calf bindings, twin gilt letter labels between four raised bands to the spines, gilt perimeter line to upper and lower boards, marble page edges and end papers. 8vo 9½'' x 6''. Twenty two paper guarded single-sided monochrome illustrations to the beginning of volume I. Pope was a London born poet, satirist, and translator of Homer. Bowles laid down certain canons as to poetic imagery which, subject to some modification, were later accepted, but were received at the time with strong opposition by admirers of Pope and his style. The controversy brought into sharp contrast the opposing views of poetry, which may be roughly described as the artificial and the natural. Bowles maintained that images drawn from nature are poetically finer than those drawn from art; and that in the highest kinds of poetry the themes or passions handled should be of the general or elemental kind, and not the transient manners of any society. The odd mark to the edges of a couple of volumes, light tanning to the paper with sporadic foxing to the end papers, hinges firm and tight, fading of the red Morocco titles labels to the spines, a handsome and scarce set. Member of the P.B.F.A.
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