[POPE, Alexander] and Jonathan SWIFT. Bounce to Fop. An Heroick Epistle from a Dog at Twickenham to a Dog at Court. By Dr. S----t. [London]: Dublin, printed, London, reprinted for T. Cooper, 1736.
2° (340 x 214mm). Modern red quarter morocco. Provenance: T.A. Hollick (bookseller’s note; sold Sotheby’s, 19-20 May 1980, lot 169).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST OF TWO IMPRESSIONS IN FOLIO, HOLLICK COPY. Despite the claims of the imprint, no earlier Dublin printing of this stylish poem is recorded. Bounce was Pope’s much loved dog at Twickenham, a bitch, one of whose puppies was given to the Prince of Wales in the year of publication; Fop, ‘a Dog at Court,’ belonged to Lady Suffolk (formerly Mrs Howard). According to Norman Ault, the poem dates from “1726 or 1727 when Swift was staying with Pope (and Bounce) at Twickenham, and when, on his visits to Mrs Howard, he met Fop as well. The poem would seem to have passed through three stages, the earliest being a Swift-Pope collaboration in a draft now vanished; the second, Pope’s subsequent expansion of the joint draft as it has survived in the Welbeck manuscript; the third, and final, stage being the text of the 1736 folio” (TE Poems. vi. 371). On the other hand, Pat Rogers and others maintain that there is more Swift than Pope in the poem. Some of the arguments are summarised in Rogers' edition of Swift's Poems (Yale, 1983). The essential point is probably that both men had a hand in it. In his copy of the London folio, now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford has written “much altered by Mr. Pope” next to the attribution to Swift. RARE. No auction sale recorded since 1981. Foxon B326; Teerink 976 (cancelled); Rogers 895; Rothschild 1628; Williams 1135.