Publisher: London: Hurst, Robinson, 1826.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL II, 643; Cecil Woolf, Some Uncollected Authors, The Book Collector, Winter, 1958, #16; and see Jacob Johan Van Rennes, Bowles, Byron and the Pope-Controversy (1927).
Condition: Title-page browned and slightly chipped at the edges; very good copy.
Book ID: 28062
Description8vo, modern quarter brown calf period-style, blue paper boards, pale rose leather spine label, gilt rules and lettering, untrimmed.
CommentsThe sixth and final salvo in the long-running pamphlet war between poet William Lisle Bowles (1752-1850) and Byron, William Roscoe and Thomas Campbell, among a few others, over Bowles' interpretation of Pope's poetical character in the edition of Pope's works that he edited in 1806. Byron was the first to satirize Bowles in his English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1807), followed by Thomas Campbell and William Roscoe in pamphlets. Bowles colorfully defended himself against Roscoe's and others "irrelevancies, shallow sophisms, artful evasions, unjust reflections, flippant personalities . . . and contumelious and illiberal insinuations." This last installment in the "Bowles, Byron and Pope-Controversy" is one of the scarcest. Inscribed on the title-page "With the Author's Compliments."