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POPE, Alexander.
An Epistle from Mr. Pope, to Dr. Arbuthnot. FACSIMILE EDITION.

Description:
pp. (iv), 30 [20], (viii). Original marbled paper wrappers, the corners creased and dog-eared, faded at the edges, a previous owner has written their name in the margin of the paper label on the front wrap.

*A LIMITED EDITION of 550 copies printed at the Oxford University Press. Shut, shut the door, good John! fatigu'd, I said, Tie up the knocker, say I'm sick, I'm dead. The dog-star rages! nay 'tis past a doubt, All Bedlam, or Parnassus, is let out: Fire in each eye, and papers in each hand, They rave, recite, and madden round the land. The Epistle is a satire on his opponents by Pope, and compiled from previously written snatches after receiving Arbuthnot's news of his terminal illness. John Arbuthnot (baptised 29 April 1667 27 February 1735), often known simply as Dr Arbuthnot, was a Scottish physician, satirist and polymath in London. He is best remembered for his contributions to mathematics, his membership in the Scriblerus Club (where he inspired both Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels book III and Alexander Pope's Peri Bathous, Or the Art of Sinking in Poetry, Memoirs of Martin Scriblerus, and possibly The Dunciad), and for inventing the figure of John Bull.

Printed by J. Wright for Lawton Gilliver at Homer's Head in Fleetstreet. London.

Date Published: 1734 [1926]. Folio.

Stock No. 61991

Price: 40.00

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