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“ It was for a passage of this book that Sir Richard
was put into the Dunciad.”; And so of others.
After the Dunciad, 1728.
An Essay on the Dunciad, octavo, printed for J. Roberts. [In this book, p. 9. it was formally declared, “ That the complaint of the aforesaid “ libels and advertisements was forged and untrue ; " that all mouths had been silent except in Mr.
Pope's praise ; and nothing against him published so but by Mr. Theobald."]
Sawney, in blank verse, occasioned by the Duna ciad; with a critique on that Poem. By J. Raloh (a person never mentioned in it at first, but iriserted after.] Printed by J. Roberts, octavo.
A complete Key to the Dunciad. By E. Curl, 12mo. price 6d.
A second and third edition of the same, with additions, 12mo.
The Popiad. By E. Curl, extracted from J. Dennis, Sir Richard Blackmore, &c. 12mo. price 6d.
The Curliad. By the same E. Curl.
The Female Dunciad. Collected by the same Mr. Curl, 12mo. price 6d. With the Metamorphosis of P. into a stinging nettle. By Mr. Foxton, 12mo,
The Metamorphosis of Scriblerus into Snarlee rus. By J. Smedley, printed for A. Moore, folio, price 6d.
The Dunciad Dissected. By Curl and Mrs. Thomas,' 12mo.
An Essay on the Taste and Writings of the present times. Said to be writ by a gentleman of C.C.C. Oxon. Printed for J. Roberts, octavo.
The Arts of Logic and Rhetoric, partly taken from Bouhours, with new reflections, &c. By John Oldmixon, octavo.
Remarks on the Dunciad. By Mr. Dennis, dedicated to Tbeobald, octavo.
A Supplement to the profound. Anon. By Matthew Concanen, octavo.
Mist's Weekly Journal, June 8. A long Letter, signed W. A. writ by some or other of the club of Theobald, Dennis, Moore, Concanen, Cooke, who, for some time, held constant weekly meciings for these kind of performances.
Daily Journal, June 11. A Letter signed Philo-Scriblerus, on the name of Pope-- Letter 10 Mr. Theobald, in verse, signed B. M.
Bezaled Morris, against Mr. P
Many other limie epigrams, about this time, in the same papers, by James Moore and others.
Mist's Journal, June 22. A Letter by Leads Theobald. Flying-Post, Aug. 8. Letter on Pope and Swift
. Daily Journal, Aug. 8. Letter charging the Author of the Dunciad with trcáson.
Durgen: A plain Satire on a pompous
Satirist. By Edward Ward, with a little of James Moore.
Apollo's Magot in his Cups. By E. Ward.
Gulliveriana Secunda. Being a collection of many of the libels in the newspapers, like the former volume under the same title, by Smedley. Advertised in the Craftsman, Nov. 9, 1728, with this remarkable promise, that, “
Any thing, which any body should send as Mr. Pope's, or Dr. “ Swift's, should be inserted and published as theirs."
Pope Alexander's Supremacy and Infallibility examined, &c. By George Ducket, and John Dennis, quarto.
Dean Jonathan's Paraphrase on the ivth chapter of Genesis. Writ by E. Roome, folio, 1729.
Labeo. A Paper of Verses by Leonard Welsted, which after came into One Epistle, and was published by James Moore, quario, 1730. Another part of it came out in Welsted's own name, under he just title of Dulness and Scandal, folio, 1731.
There have been since published, Verses on the Imitator of Horace. By a Lady, or between a Lady, a Lord, and a Court-squire. Printed for J. Roberts, folio.
An Epistle from a Nobleman to a Doctor of Divinity, from Hampion-Court, Lord Hmy. Printed for J. Roberts. Also folio.
A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope. Printed for W. Lewis, in Covent-Garden, octavo.
To the first Edition with Notes, in quarto, 1729. It will be sufficient to say of this edition, that the reader has here, a much more correct and complete copy of the Dunciad, than has hitherto appeared. I cannot answer, but some mistakes may have slipt into it, but a vast number of others will be prevented, by the names being now not only set at length, but justified by the authorities and reasons given. I make no doubt, the Author's own motive to use real, rather then feigned names, was his care to preserve the innocent from any false application; whereas, the former editions, which had no more than the initial letters, he was inade, by keys printed here, to hurt the offen sive ; and (what was worse) to abuse his friends by an impression at Dublin.
The Commentary which attends this Poem was sent me from several, and, consequently, must be unequally written; yet will have one advantage over most commentaries, that it is not made upon conjectures, or at a remote distance of time; and the reader cannot but derive one pleasure from the very obscurity of the persons it treats of, that it partakes of the nature of a secret, which most people love to be let into, though the men, or the things, be ever so inconsiderable, or trivial.
Of the persons it was judged proper to give some account: for since it is only in this monument tha: they must expect to survive, (and here survive they will, as long as the English tongue shall remain such as it was in the reigns of Queen Anne and King George) it seemed but humanity to bestow a word or two upon each, just to tell what he was, what he writ, when he lived, and when he died.
If a word or two more are added upon the chief offenders, it is only as a paper pinned upon the breast to mark the enormities for which they suffered; lest the correction only should be remembered, and the crime forgotten.
In some articles it was thought sufficient barely to transcribe from Jacob, Curl, and other writers of their own rank, who were much better acquainted with them than any of the authors of this Comment can pretend to be. Most of them had drawn each other's characters on certain occasions ; but the few here inserted, are all that could be saved from the general destruction of such works.
Of the part of Scriblerus I need say nothing : his manner is well enough known, and approved by all but those who are too much concerned to be judges.
The Imitations of the Ancients are added, to gratify those who either never read, or may have forgotten them ; together with some of the parodies and allusions to the most excellent of the Moderns. If, from the frequency of the former,