London: Printed for M. Cooper at the Globe in Pater-noster-row, 1743. Quarto, vi, , ix-x, i-xxxvii, , 40-235, ; VG: bound in early full calf, modern rebacking with new paneled spine, morocco label with gilt titling; some wear to boards; with small burn mark to fore edge of Dd1-end; Signature X3 is a cancel, with 4 lines of asterisks; interior clean;
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ESTC: T5560; Griffith: 578; Foxon P-796;
This issue of the Dunciad does not include ’An essay on man’ and ’An essay on criticism’ as the following text printed on the title page verso clearly states: "Speedily will be publish’d, in the same paper, and character, to be bound up with this, The essay on man, the essay on criticism, and the rest of the author’s original poems, with the commentaries and notes of W. Warburton, A.M.";
Griffith: "Here, for the first time, the four Books of the Dunciad and all the critical apparatus are brought together in one volume. And in this edition, for the first time, Colley Cibber is substituted in the place of Theobald as hero of the poem. This is the earliest publication of the passage concluding the Dunciad, which Thackeray thought so eloquent, "In vain, in vain, — the all-composing Hour..."";