An Essay on Woman, by Pego Borewell, Esq., “with notes by Rogerus Cuneaus, Vigerus Mutoniatus, & Co. and A Commentary by the Rev. Dr. Warburton, inscribed to Miss Fanny Murray (np, bibliography on last page dated 1883)
7.5″ X 9.75″, 24pp., original soft wraps appear to be enclosed in brown wrap, appear to be two pages cut out before the title page, articles from “Notes and Queries” (dating July 11, 1857 and July 18, 1857) pasted into back of the book, followed by notes on legal paper from previous owner presumably trying to verify this edition
Sometime in 1755, John Wilkes, together with fellow rake and son of the Archbishop of Cantebury, Thomas Potter (c. 1718-1759), composed a bawdy set of parodied Alexander Pope poems entitled An Essay on Woman, a satirical imitation of Pope’s An Essay on Man. In 1763 he was put in jail for political reasons (“seditious libel for his anti-Jacobite smearing which appeared in his ‘radical’ weekly publication”). Upon release, his home was unlawfully searched and proofs of his “Essay on Woman” was discovered. This is an unknown reprint, as no original is known. I am still researching.