Shef Rogers on Pope's Miscellaneous Poems and Translations (1712/1714)
This is the fourth Melbourne Bibliographical Circle event for 2008, jointly organised by The Centre for the Book and the Melbourne branch of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Shef's talk is entitled "Cancels Less in Sight: Revisioning the Bibliographical Context of Pope's 'Rape of the Locke.'" It offers a bibliographical analysis of the changes made to reissue the 1712 Lintot Miscellaneous Poems and Translations in 1714, drawing on watermark, skeleton, and textual evidence to argue that Pope probably withdrew publication of "The Temple of Fame" in 1712 and that Lintot definitely only inserted "Windsor Forest" and "Ode for Musick" near the end of 1713. These decisions cast light on Pope's own sense of his developing career, and on the marketing pressures Lintot faced in trying to shift copies of the miscellany.
The talk does not presume an extensive knowledge of descriptive bibliography, but does attempt to show its value for literary and historical research.
Shef Rogers is a senior lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Otago. He teaches eighteenth-century literature and book history and is currently completing an enumerative bibliography of eighteenth-century English travel books. He is also involved as one of the editors of a single-volume history of the book in New Zealand.
[PS: anyone wanting to buy a copy of the 1712 Miscellaneous Poems and Translations in advance of Shef's paper, can do so here for US$4,300.]