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THE

HISTORY

OF THE

WORKS of the LEARNED,

FOR THE

Year One Thousand Seven Hundred

and Forty.

CONTAINING

IMPARTIAL ACCOUNTS and ACCURATE

ABSTRACTS of the most valuable
Books published in Great-Britain
and Foreign Parts.

INTERSPER S'D WITH
DISSERTATIONS on several curious and enter-

taining Subjects, Critical Reflections, and
Memoirs of the most eminent Writers in
all Branches of polite Literature.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
Printed for JACOB ROBINSON, under the Inner.

Temple Gate in Fleet-Street, MDCCXL.

12-29.52

1210

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THE

HISTORY

OF THE

WORKS of the LEARNED.

For JANUARY, 1740.

ARTICLE I.

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O Author has had a greater Honour. reflected on him by his Editors than Shakespeare. Among these we may reckon a sublime Genius, who is one of

the principal Ornaments of this Age, and of the British Nation: The Reader need not be told, that it is Mr. Pope, whom I intend by this Character. But as the works of our Dramatick Poet have Merit enough to engage the Concern even of this celebrated Person, so it is certain, that they extremely needed it, on account of the almost innumerable Corruptions, by which, through one Means or other, they have been depraved. By his Care and Sagacity many of these have been remov'd or amended, and the guilty Causes of them assign’d, Shakespeare has been in a good Measure restored to his original Purity, and his Admirers are no longer at a loss to account for that surprising Inconfiftency

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