One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Eight Dialogue II
Author: Alexander PopePeter Jones
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Eight Dialogue II 1738 1st Edition
By Alexander Pope
Printed In London by For
The Volume is in Very Good Condition Disbound, with generally clean, amply margined leaves, which are faintly toned at the edges, with some small ink-stains, and little else in the way of stains or tears.
The Volume is Complete with the final word on page 10 being ‘Fools’ instead of ‘Tools,’ indicating that this is the first state, as well as the basket press figure on the title. See below for pagination & dimensions.
One Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty Eight, is a lesser known work from Alexander Pope, written late in his career, based on the works of Horace. We can Consider this piece to be a study for the more prominent Imitations.
The Imitations of Horace were written in the popular Augustan form of the “imitation” of a classical poet, not so much a translation of his works as an updating with contemporary references. Pope used the model of Horace to satirise life under George II, especially what he regarded as the widespread corruption tainting the country under Walpole’s influence and the poor quality of the court’s artistic taste. Pope also added a wholly original poem, An Epistle to Doctor Arbuthnot, as an introduction to the “Imitations”. It reviews his own literary career and includes the famous portraits of Lord Hervey (“Sporus”) and Addison (“Atticus”). In 1738 he wrote the Universal Prayer. After 1738, Pope wrote little. He toyed with the idea of composing a patriotic epic in blank verse called Brutus, but only the opening lines survive. His major work in these years was revising and expanding his masterpiece The Dunciad. Book Four appeared in 1742, and a complete revision of the whole poem in the following year. In this version, Pope replaced the “hero”, Lewis Theobald, with the poet laureate Colley Cibber as “king of dunces”. But the real focus of the revised poem is Walpole and all his works.
Pagination & Dimensions
The volume is paginated as follows: -16. The volume collates as follows: [A]-D2. Each leaf measures about 305 mm. By 225 mm.