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English Literature having found these many years ago, so much lovers in Germany and the adjacent countries, I doubt not, the design i have form'd to print neat Pocket - Editions of the English Classical Writers, will be very acceptable to the learned world. I thought helt, to Fegin my Talk with the Edition of Mr. POPE'S Works, this Author being so universally esteemed by all those that have any taste of Poetry or Learning.
All care possible has been taken to have this Edition correct as well, -as neat, and, I hope, with so good a success, that the Reader will find but very few faults, that are of any Confequence.
This Edition is more complet as the English Pocket - Editions, for it is printed on
Otavo:, and contains all his Notes and Com. mentaries. Yet in the English little Editionis the Commentaries are left out.
If this first Commencement should not wholly displease to the lovers of English Literature. The Editions of the Works of MILTON, ADDISON,
THOMPSON, SHAKESPEARE, YOUNG,
YOUNG, PRIOR AKENSIDE, and other classical English Writers shall follow immediatly the Edition of Mr. POPE’S Works, and shall be printed with the fame neatness and correctness, adorned too with curious cuts done by the best hands. Berlin, May 3th. 1762.
R. Pope, in his laft illness, amused himself,
amidst the care of his higher concerns, in preparing a corrected and complete Edition of his Writings a; and, with his usual delicacy, was even solicitous to prevent any share of the offence they might occasion, from falling on the Friend whom he had engaged to give them to the Public
iz" I own the late encroachments upon my con“ stirution make me willing to see the end of all “ furcher care about ine or my works. I would rett “ for the one in a full resignation of my being to " be disposed of by the Father of all Mercy; and “ for the other (though indeed a trifle, yet a crifle
may be some example) I would commit thein to “ the candor of a sensible and reflecting judge, “ rather than to the malice of every short - fighted " and malevolent critic, or inadvertent and censo« rious Reader. And no hand can set them in so • good a light, &c.“ Let. cxx. to Mr. W.
6-“ I also give and bequeath to the said Mr. “ Warburton, the property of all such of my Works
already printed as he hath written or shall write “ Coinmentaries or Notes upon, and which I have
In discharge of this trust, the Public has here a complete Edition of his Works ; executed in such a manner, as, I am persuaded, would have been to his fatisfaction.
The Editor hath not, for the sake of profit, suffered the Author's Name to be made cheap by a Subscription ; nor his works to be defrauded of their due Honours by a vulgar or inelegant Impression; nor his memory to be disgraced by any pieces unworthy of his talents or virtue.
On the contrary, he hath, at a very great expence, ornamented this Edition with all the advantages which the best Artists in Paper, Printing, and Sculpture could bestow upon it.
If the Public hath waited longer than the deference due to it should have suffered, it was owing to a reason which the Editor need not make a secret. It was his regard to the familyinterests of his deceased Friend. Mr. Pope, at his death, left large impressions of several parts
not otherwise disposed of or alienated; and as he “ shall publish WITHOUT
His Last Will and Testament.