London [but Edinburgh]: Printed [by Thomas Ruddiman] for T. Boreman, at the Cock on Ludgate-Hill; and sold by the Booksellers of London and Westminster, . 8vo (7.5 x 4.75 inches). 12 leaves: , 10, 10,  pages. Text in Latin and English on facing pages. Disbound. Soiling and discoloration to title (with one marginal chip) and final leaf, light foxing. Item #406882
A very scarce Scottish piracy of Pope's explicitly sexual and allusive poem, first published on 21 December 1734 in folio by T. Boreman. The present octavo edition, with a false London imprint, is one of only a handful of contemporary reprints, and is located in only 9 institutions in ESTC. The advertisements on the last leaf list the present work at 6d, followed by another dozen inexpensive pirated editions. Boreman paid the substantial sum of 60 guineas for the copyright. Pope chose to publish anonymously so he could more easily deny having written this “impudent satire'': a brutal caricature of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu as Fufidia, the woman who “thirsts and hungers only at one end''. Speaking generally of the concealing dresses of women, he comments: “A Lady’s Face is all you see undress’d;/ For none but Lady M---- shows the Rest''. ESTC N23061; Foxon P970 (who attributes the printing to Ruddiman on evidence of the ornaments); Griffith 348. Scarce.