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THE

HISTORY

OF THE

WORKS of the LEARNED,

FOR THE

Year One Thoufand 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 Literaturę.

VOL. I.

LONDON:

Printed for JACOB ROBINSON, under the Inner-
Temple Gate in Fleet-Street. M DCCXL.

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OF THE

WORKS of the LEARNED.

For JANUARY, 1740.

ARTICLE I.

O Author has had a greater Honour reflected on him by his Editors than Shakespeare. Among these we may reckon a fublime 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 Perfon, fo it is certain, that they extremely needed it, on account of the almoft · 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 Caufes of them affign'd, Shakespeare has been in a good Measure reftored to his original Purity, and his Admirers are no longer at a lofs to account for that furprising Inconfiftency

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