London: Printed for J. Willford, ; .
First edition, large paper copy of Part I; first edition of Epistles II & IV; second edition of Epistle III. Collation: [A2], B2 (-B2), B-D2; A-D2, E1; A-E2; A-F2, with terminal leaf of advertisements. 1 vols. 13-11/16 x 9-1/8 in. ‘Essay on Man’: Hogan Copy, Part I on Large Paper, with A.N.S by Wise. Contemporary vellum backed marbled boards. Bookplates of George Legh and High Legh Library; Frank Hogan; one other. With 2 pp. autograph notes by T.J. Wise inserted. Some rubbing and minor soiling. In maroon morocco folding box (worn and split) Rothschild 1614 (“variant Part I”); Foxon P824 (“no watermark”), P833, P844, P845; Griffith 304 (no mention of Large Paper copies), 300, 315 (note), 331; Grolier One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature 43; Ashley IV, p. 38 (no. 1); Hogan sale part two (1945), lot 563 (this copy). Item #231841
The first part of Pope’s celebrated ‘Essay on Man’ is present in a large paper copy, corresponding to Foxon P824 and Rothschild 1614, where the Note succinctly renders the complexities of the bibliographical debate: “Part I is the variant described by Wise (Ashley) as the first; Griffith (p. 224 et seq.) argues that it is the second, (G).”
Foxon notes that “Pp. 1-6 (and presumably cancelled B2) are reimpressed; the remainder is from standing type revised and rearranged.” (The pagination omits pp. 7-8 but the text is complete. Griffith does not mention large paper copies of 304 and records an uncut copy as measuring 12-1/8 x 7-7/8 in, substantially smaller than the present copy.)
This copy from the library of Frank Hogan, with autograph notes by Wise concerning the issue points of this copy laid in. Wise writes “This is an unusually fine copy … Part I is a Large Paper Copy. This is very rare indeed. Yours is only the 2nd Large Paper copy I have actually held in my hand, & besides these I have only heard of one other. That makes 3. For many years my copy on L.P. was supposed to be unique”.
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