Lot 68
POPE (ALEXANDER) Receipt signed, for two guineas for the translation of Homer's Iliad, [c.1715]
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Receipt signed ("A. Pope"), for two guineas received from Richard Hill as first payment 'to the Subscription, for the Translation of Homer's Iliads; to be delivered, in Quires, to the Bearer hereof', subscribed "To Mr Lintott Bookseller/ Fleet Street"; printed with manuscript insertions, 1 page, browned, especially towards the right-hand edge, minor chips to edges, oblong 8vo, [c.1715]


  • Pope himself described these receipts as 'a sort of little epigrams... after the manner of rondeaus, which begin & end all in the same words; viz. Received – and A: Pope' (see Maynard Mack, Alexander Pope: A Life, 1985, p. 268). The subscriber appears to be the Richard Hill who was a friend of Pope's early mentor, the diplomat and Secretary of State Sir William Trumbull, and himself a distinguished diplomat, remembered still as champion of the Vaudois.
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