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PRINTED BY W. AND A. STRAHAN;
FOR C.BATHURST, J. BUCKLAND, W.STRAHAN, J. RIVING-
J. MURRAY, W. FOX, J. BOWEN.
M DCC LXXIX.
To the OCTAVO EDITION of Mr. POPE's Works, 1751.
R. POPE, in his laft illness, amufed himself, amidst the care of his higher concerns, in preparing a corrected and complete Edition of his writings; and, with his ufual delicacy, was even folicitous to prevent any fhare of the offence they might occafion, from falling on the Friend whom he had engaged to give them to the Public.
In difcharge of this truft, the Public has here a complete Edition of his Works; executed in fuch a manner, as, I am perfuaded, would have been to his fatisfaction.
The Editor hath not, for the fake of profit, fuffered the Author's Name to be made cheap by a Subfcription; nor his Works to be defrauded of their due honours by a vulgar or inelegant Impreffion; nor his memory to be difgraced by any pieces unworthy of his talents or virtue. On the contrary, he hath, at a very great expence, ornamented this Edition with all the advantages which the best Artifts in Paper, Printing, and Sculpture could beftow upon it.
If the Public hath waited longer than the deference due to it fhould have fuffered, it was owing to a reafon which the Editor need not make a fecret. It was his regard to the family-interefts of his deceased Friend. VOL. I.