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The Works
London, for Henry Lintot; for R. Dodsley, and Sold by T. Cooper,, 1741–3. 9 volumes, crown octavo. Contemporary sprinkled calf, double gilt rules, early morocco labels, red sprinkled edges. Engraved portrait frontispiece in vol. I; all but the first title-page printed in red and black; with half-titles where called for. Some early MS. notes on the first front endpapers and occasionally elsewhere. Rubbed, some joints starting, spine ends a little chipped (quite noticeably at the head of vol. II), boards a little bowed, but generally a very pleasing contemporary set, the contents clean and fresh, the bindings still firm. First editions of the last three volumes. The bibliography of editions of Pope's Works produced during the last few years of his life is complex, as were Pope's dealings with publishers and the various small amendments made as the volumes went through the press. Dodsley and Cooper were the main publishers who handled this work: their names appear together in vols. 3–5 which are dated 1743; and in vols. 6 and 9, which are dated 1742. Cooper's name alone appears in the imprint for vols. 7 and 8, both dated 1742, though Griffith suggests that this does not imply that Dodsley had no hand in these volumes. But Henry Lintot retained the copyright to vols. 1 and 2, which have his name as publisher, dated 1743 and 1741 respectively. The early volumes are essentially close reprints of earlier octavo editions, though there is some very minor new matter: vols. 7, 8 and 9 (the Letters) are first printings.
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