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Curl; the Essay on the Origin of Sciences; the Key to the Rape of the Lock; and that piece of inimitable humour, the Fourteenth Chapter of Scriblerus, on the Double Mistress; all of which were inserted in his own Edition in quarto, 1741. And to these is added also one of the best of his critical compositions, his Postscript to the Odyssey.
If I have sometimes ventured, in the following remarks, to point out any seeming blemishes and imperfections in the Works of this excellent Poet, I beg it may be imputed, not to the “ dull, malignant delight,” of seeking to find out trivial faults, but merely to guard the Reader from being misled, by the example of a writer, in general, so uniformly elegant and correct.
The Notes to which the letter P. is subjoined, are by Mr. Pope himself; all which are carefully retained. Those marked W. are by Dr. Warburton. For the rest, I am answerable.
THIS is the only Portrait that was ever drawn of Mr. Pope at full length.—It was done without his knowledge, as he was deeply engaged in conversation with Mr. ALLEN in the Gallery at Prior Park, by Mr. HOARE, who sat at the other end of the Gallery.--POPE would never have forgiven the Painter had he known it-He was too sensible of the Deformity of his Person to allow the whole of it to be represented.—This Drawing is therefore exceedingly valuable, as it is a Unique of this celebrated Poet.
DIRECTIONS TO THE BINDER.
The Head of Mr. Pope to front the Title Page of the First