The Dunciad, Variorum. With the Prolegomena of Scriblerus.

London: A. Dob, 1729. 8vo, (2, engraved t/p), xxxvii, (3), 80, xxx, (8) pp. Original brown calf, worn, both boards reattached. Text lightly waterstained but perfectly legible, a useful working copy of a scarce book. This copy includes rare addenda leaf bound in the middle of the index. As C.R. Johnson notes of his copy: “A pirated edition, reprinted from the quarto issued in March of the same year; the use of "Dob" in the imprint is a deliberate corruption of the name of Anne Dodd, the wholesale distributor of pamphlets who appears on the title-page of authorized copies. On May 6, 1729, Lawton Gilliver brought a suit in chancery against those responsible for this piracy, the printer James Watson, and the booksellers Thomas Astley, John Clarke, and John Stagg. He also attacked this edition for lacking the additions made to an octavo printing of April 17; the pirates responded by printing the additions on a separate leaf, which was available by April 25 (but is not present in this early copy). With an engraved title-page, with a large vignette of an ass carrying a pile of books, on which an owl is perched.” Griffith 216; Foxon P774. A very scarce book in any condition. Item #106364

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