Of the Use of Riches, an Epistle to the Right Honorable Allen Lord Bathurst, Alexander Pope
First edition of the second of Pope's verse epistles, or "Moral Essays." The focus of this poem is different from Of False Taste, as it places less emphasis on the architectural mistakes of the aristocracy and instead sheds light on the deceitful practices of the recently affluent merchant class. Due to the controversy surrounding his earlier work, Pope was meticulous in his approach and delayed publishing this new epistle until January 1733, despite the earlier date displayed on the title page.
London: Printed by J. Wright for Lawton Gilliver at Homer's Head against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleetstreet, 1732. Bound in thin marbled paper wraps; woodcut devices to title and last page, pp. (ii), 20. Erratum note at the bottom of the last page, noting the change from 'ypon' to 'yon' on line 13 of page 13. In this copy, the change has been made to page 13, while the erratum remains. Light dampstain to the bottom two inches or so of the first half of text, else quite clean. Wraps show a bit of shelfwear.