London: J. Wright for J. Knapton, et al; J. and P. Knapton, C. Bathurst, and R. Dodsley, 1737; 1741.
First authorized edition of the letters, quarto issue, with first letter in vol. I incorrectly dated 1724. Engraved vignette portrait on each title-page, engraved head- and tailpieces. Title-pages in red and black. Lacking half-titles. 2 vols. 4to. Near contemporary acid-stained calf, rebacked. Covers dry and rubbed. Early ownership signature on title-page, armorial bookplate Griffith 454 & 531; Rothschild 1633. Item #302519
The first authorized edition of Pope's letters, though "the letters are a reprint of the Letters of 1735, with additions" (Griffiths). The concluding section of the book was printed but not published until 1741 when it was included in vol. II, The Works.
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