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Alexander Pope, Efq.
In Ten Volumes Complete.
WITH HIS LAST
All his NOTES, as they were delivered to the EDITOR a little before his Death:
Printed verbatim from the Octavo Edition
Printed for J. and P. KNAPTON, H. LINTOT, J. and
R. POPE, in his laft illness, amused
Mhimfelf, amidft the care of his higher
concerns, in preparing a corrected and complete Edition of his Writings; and, with his usual 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 ".
"I own the late encroachments upon my con"stitution make me willing to fee the end of all "further care about me or my works. I would rest "for the one in a full refignation of my being to "be difpofed of by the Father of all Mercy; and "for the other (though indeed a trifle, yet a trifle << may be fome example) I would commit them to the candor of a fenfible and reflecting judge, rather than to the malice of every short-fighted " and malevolent critic, or inadvertent and cenfo"rious Reader. And no hand can fet them in fo good a light, &c." Let. cxx. to Mr. W. b -"I also give and bequeath to the faid Mr. "Warburton, the property of all fuch of my Works " already printed as he hath written or fhall write "Commentaries or Notes upon, and which I have VOL. I.
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 Artists in Paper, Printing, and Sculpture could bestow upon it.
If the Public hath waited longer than the deference due to it fhould have fuffered, it was owing to a reason which the Editor need not make a fecret. It was his regard to the familyinterests of his deceased Friend. Mr. Pope, at his death, left large impreffions of several parts
"not otherwise disposed of or alienated; and as he fhall publish WITHOUT FUTURE ALTERATIONS." -His Laft Will and Teftament: