Of taste : an epistle to The Earl of Burlington : autograph manuscript.

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Record ID: 
127689
Accession number: 
MA 352
Author: 
Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744.
Created: 
[1731]
Credit: 
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909.
Description: 
1 item (2 pages), unbound ; 30.2 cm
Notes: 

Formerly bound in red morocco gilt by Riviere & Son for S.M. Samuel in 1803; portions of the upper and lower covers have been retained and are housed with the manuscript.
Housed with an autograph manuscript of Pope's "Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot" (MA 352.1) and two facsimile pages of a fragment of this poem that are housed at The Huntington Library (HM 6006).
Housed with the printed version of this poem, London, 1731.
Housed with a hand-colored mezzotint portrait of Pope.

Inscriptions/Markings: 

Watermark: leaf 1. Circle with crown over letters "GR" and leaves inside.
Watermark: leaf 2. Pro Patria, with Lion and figure inside fence.
Watermark: leaf 4. Cross inside square shield.

Summary: 

Written on the recto and versos of one leaf, with extensive revisions; being part of an early draft of the poem, which in this form constitutes less than a third of the final printed version.

Provenance: 
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan from F.T. Sabin in 1909; from the collections of Dr. Charles Chauncey and S.M. Samuel.