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In discharge of this trust, the Public has here a complete Edition of his Works;
executed in such a manner, as, I am per
suaded, would have been to his satisfaction. The Editor hath not, for the sake of profit, suffered the Author's Name to be made cheap by a Subscription; nor his Works to be defrauded of their due Honours by a vulgar or inelegant Impression; nor his memory to be disgraced 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 be
stow upon it. If the Public hath waited longer than the deference due to it should have suf. fered, it was owing to a reason which the Editor need not make a secret. It was his regard to the family-interests of his deceased Friend. Mr. Pope, at his death, left large impressions of several parts of his Works, unsold; the property of which was adjudged to belong to i. Executors; and the Editor was willing they should have time to dispose of them to the best advantage, before the publication of this Edition (which hath been long prepared) should put a stop to the sale. •. - But But it may be proper to be a little more particular concerning the superiority of this Edition above all the preceding; so far as Mr. Pope himself was concerned. What the Editor hath done, the Reader must colle&t for himself.
The FIRST Volume, and the original
- p. in the seconD, are here printed .
rom a copy correóted throughout by the Author himself, even to the very preface: Which, with several additional notes in his own hand, he delivered to the Editor a little before his death. The Juvenile translations, in the other part of the SEcond Volume, it was never his intention to bring into this Edition of his Works, on account of the levity of some,
the freedom of others, and the little im
portance of any. But these being the property of other men, the Editor had it not in his power to follow the Author's intention.
The THIRD Volume, all but the Essay
Ale on the Charaćiers of Men is quite alA 4 tered
tered ; that on the Charaćters of Women,
logue to the Satires is likewise inriched with many and large notes now first printed from the Author's own Manuscript.
The FIFTH Volume contains a correóter and completer Edition of the Dunciad than hath been hitherto published ; of which, at present I have only this further to add, That it was at my request he laid the plan of a fourth Book. I often told him, It was pity so fine a poem should remain disgraced by the meanness of its subjećt, the most insignificant of all Dunces, bad Rymers and malevolent Cavillers: That he ought to raise and enoble it by pointing his Satire against the most pernicious of all, Minute-philosophers and Free-thinkers. I imagined, too, it was for the interests of Religion to have it known, that so great a Genius had a due abhorrence of these pests of Virtue and Society. He came readily into my opinion; but, at the same time, told me it would create him many enemies. He was not mistaken. For tho’ the terror of his pen kept them for some time in respect, yet on his death they rose with unrestrained fury in numerous Coffee-house. tales, and Grub-street libels. The plan of this admirable Satire was artfully contrived to shew, that the follies and defeółs of a . . . e. fashion
fashionable EDucATION naturally led to, and necessarily ended in, FREE-THINKING ; with design to point out the only remedy adequate to so fatal an evil. It was to advance the same ends of virtue and religion, that the Editor prevailed on him to alter every thing in his moral writings that might be suspečted of having the least glance towards Fate or NATURALISM; and to add what was proper to convince the world, that he was warmly on the side of moral Government and a revealed H/ill. And it would be injustice to his memory not to declare that he embraced these occasions with the most unfeigned pleasure. The sixth Volume consists of Mr. Pope's miscellaneous pieces in verse and prose. Amongst the Verse several fine oems make now their first appearance in his Works. And of the Prose, all that is good, and nothing but what is exquisitely fo, will be found in this Edition. The SEVENTH, EIGHTH, and NINTH Volumes confist entirely of his Letters. The more valuable, as they are the only
true models which we, or perhaps any of
our neighbours have, of familiar Epistles. This collection is now made more complete by the addition of several new pieces. - I Yet,