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Ribald parody of Pope's Essay on Man  

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An Essay on Woman

Wilkes, John

Aberdeen [i.e. Stuttgart?]

Printed for James Hay... Privately Reprinted



32 pp. 18.5x14 cm (7¼x5½"), half morocco & mottled boards, spine lettered in gilt. No. 17 of 50 copies.

A ribald, some would say pornographic, parody of Alexander Pope's Essay on Man, begun by Thomas Potter in the 1750's, the manuscript inherited by his friend John Wilkes, who modified it and complete it. Fearful of publishing for reasons of libel and legal persecution, the manuscript kicked around before being published in 1788, apparently in Stuttgart, and not Aberdeen. The present edition is a very limited reprint.

Lot Amendments

Wear to board edges; offset to endpapers; very good or better.

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