London: Printed for A. Dod, 1729. First complete edition. Small 4to, , -16, , -6, 9-29, , , -118, cxix-cxxiv; contemporary calf. First signature and last leaf pulled loose; front cover detached; bookplates; general external wear; internally quite clean but for tidelines to the endpapers. Item #206026
Pope's authorship was something of an open secret and was not publicly acknowledged until 1735. The title poem, savagely satirizing a number of his contemporaries, first appeared in 1728. This edition added more laters of satire with the 'critical apparatus' provided by a nunber of Opope's unnamed friends. The title page bear a famous engraved vignette depicting an ass carrying saddle-bags heavily laden with books and papers, and with an owl perched on top. The publisher "A. Dod" was a fictional imprint, possibly meant to deflect credit (or blame) from the actual publisher Lawton Gilliver. Griffith 211; Foxon pp. 111-116.