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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