A Letter from Mr. Cibber, to Mr. Pope, Inquiring into the Motives that might induce him in his Satyrical works, to be so Frequently Fond of Mr. Cibber’s name. Colley Cibber.

Cibber Takes on Pope, and Becomes the King of Dunces

A Letter from Mr. Cibber, to Mr. Pope, Inquiring into the Motives that might induce him in his Satyrical works, to be so Frequently Fond of Mr. Cibber’s name.

London: Printed: and sold by W. Lewis in Russel-Street, Covent-Garden, 1742.

First edition, variant with catchword on p. 39: -S, at foot of title-page: "price 1s" 66 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Cibber Takes on Pope, and Becomes the King of Dunces. Modern boards. Half-title darkened and with old closed repair; title-page slightly darkened; otherwise a very good copy. Rothschild 637; ESTC T37905. Item #260429

Cibber, heartily despised by Pope, and the constant butt of his mockery, retaliated in kind in this pamhlet. Among others, Cibbers recounts a story of the brothel-adventures of the 4-1/2 foot tall, hunchbacked Pope, with his "little-tiny manhood". Pope took his revenge the following year when he elevated Cibber to the King of Dunces in the revised edition of THE DUNCIAD.

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