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'An Essay on Criticism'

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MS. Eng. poet. c. 1

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'An Essay on Criticism', the original autograph in the hand of Alexander Pope, from which the first edition was printed in 1711, with corrections by the author. It bears also some notes and instructions to a transcriber written in the second half of the 18th century.

(fols. i-ii, 16-end are blank paper)


  • Creation: Chiefly written in A.D. 1709-1711 by A. Pope


42 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. poet. c. 1, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Eng. poet. c. 1

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20108


'An Essay on Criticism'

Biographical / Historical

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was a poet.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 30047

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of a collection of Pope autographs owned by dr. Charles Chauncy, bought at the Nassau Lees sale on July 30, 1889 (lot 77), for £20 10s.

Physical Facet

On paper


12 3/4 × 9 3/8 in.

'An Essay on Criticism'
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom