The Rape of the Lock, contained in Miscellaneous Poems and Translations

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The Rape of the Lock, contained in Miscellaneous Poems and Translations Lit 19th Century & Before
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John Caryll had suggested to Pope that he write a poem about the incident in which Lord Petre had cut off a lock of Arabella Fermor's hair. While none of the characters were mentioned by name, charges of indecency were leveled against the poem, and Pope sought to make amends by undertaking to dedicate the second edition to Arabella Fermor herself. At this stage the poem was only 2 cantos long and the sylphs guarding Belinda had not been introduced. 8vo. 1st edition, 1st printing of Pope's RAPE OF THE LOCK. Frontispiece by E. Kirkall. Contemporary calf, rebacked preserving original spine, tips repaired. Some pencil writing to front and rear pastedowns. From collection of Abel E. Berland with ownership book plate to front pastedown. Some rubbing to joints, and edges. VG.

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