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been called Codras, how many would have affirmed him to have been Mr. T. Mr. E. Sir R. B. &c. Bot row all that unjust scandal is saved by calling him by a name, which by good luck happens to be that of a real person.
To the FIRST EDITION with notes, in Quarto,
It will be fufficient 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 juftified by the authorities and reasons given I make no doubt, the author's own motive to use real rather than feign'd names, was his care to preserve the innocent from any false application; whereas in the former editions, which had no more than the initial letters, he was made, by keys printed here, to hurt the inoffenfive; and (what was worse) to abuse his friends, by an impression at Dublin. The commentary which attends this
poem was sent me from several hands, and confequently 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 Obfcurity of the persons it treats of, that it partakes of the nature. of a Secret, which most people love to be let into, tho
the men or the things be ever fo inconsiderable or tririal.
Of the Perfors it was judged proper to give some account: for fince it is only in this monument that 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 beftow a word or two upon cach, just to tell what he was, what he wrist, when he lived, and when he died.
If a word or two more are added upon the chief offenders, 'tis only as a paper pinned upon the breast, to mark the enormities for which they suffered; lek the correction only fhould be remembered, and the crime forgotten.
In fome articles it was thought fufficient, barely to transcribe from Jacob, Curl, and other writess 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 cach 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; bis 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 grao tify those who either never read, or may have forgotten them; together with some of the parodies and albilions to the molt excellent of the Moderns Lf, from
frequency of the former, any man think the poem too much a canto, our poet will but appear to have done the same thing in jest which Boileau did in earnest ; and upon which Vida, Pracaltorius, and many of the most eminent Latin poets, professedly valued thens. felves.
A LIST OF
BOOKS, PAPERS, AND VERSES,
In which our Author was abused, before the Publica
tion of the DUNCIAD; with the true Names of the Authors.
REFLECTIONS critical and satirical on a late
Rhapsody, called, an Essay on Criticism, by Mra Dennis, printed by B. Lintot, price 6 d.
A New rehearsal, or Bays the younger ; containing an Examen of Mr. Rowe's plays, and a word or two on Mr. Pope's Rape of the Lock. Anon. [by Charles Gildon] printed for J. Roberts, 1754, price i ș.
Homerides, or a Letter to Mr. Pope, occasioned by his intended translation of Homer. By Sir Iliad Dog. sel [Tho. Barnet and G, Ducket esquires] printed for W. Wilkins. 1715, price 9 d.
Æsop at the Bear garden , a vision, in imitation of the Temple of Fame, by Mr. Prefton. Sold by John Morphew, 1715, price 6 d.
The Catholic Poet, ot Protestant Barnaby's Sor rowful Lamentation ; a Ballad about Homer's Iliad By Mrs. Centlivre, and others, 1715. price 1 d.
An Epilogue to a Puppet-show at Bath, concerning the said Iliad. By, George Ducket Esq: printed by E. Curl.