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[SWIFT (Jonathan)]. On Poetry: A Rapsody.1733

[London] Printed at Dublin, and Re-printed at London: Sold by J. Huggonson, and at the Booksellers and Pamphlet-shops, First edition, folio (327 x 209 mm), [3], 4-28pp., ornament on title and last page, on p.28 under the word 'Finis' there are two lines of errata, some light spotting, later wrappers contained in a red cloth folding case. Sir Walter Scott "was the first of Swift's editors to print a number of extra verses which according to a note in a Ms. transcript among the Orrery Papers at Harvard 'ought to have been inserted.... if it had been safe to print them'." These verses were omitted by the printer on political grounds. No copy of an earlier Dublin edition of this masterly satire is known: this edition (published in London, 31 Dec. 1733), though described as 're-printed', is presumed to be the first. The first recorded Dublin edition was published by Hyde in 1734. Foxon, S888; Rothschild, 2147; Teerink, 741; Hayward, 153; Williams, 639.

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