The Grub Street Project

On March 4, 1714, Bernard Lintot published Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock in five cantos. In addition to a title page in red and black, Lintot had accommodated the expense of a frontispiece and a plate for each of the five cantos, along with headpieces, initial letters, and a tailpiece. This was highly unusual for books of verse. Clearly these elements were important, but the majority of readers since 1714 have not encountered the object encountered by Pope’s first readers. Instead, the poem today is usually published as text alone, occasionally with a few reproductions of varying quality. In this edition are full-colour, high-resolution images of the second edition of Pope’s great mock epic.

via The Grub Street Project.