Like all recent work on Pope, this volume owes a profound debt to George Sherburn and the editors of the Twickenham Pope, without whose foundations the work would hardly have been possible. James M. Osborn's definitive edition of Spence has been a constant source of information, and J.V. Guerinot's Pamphlet Attacks on Pope provided a very valuable account of the Dunces' vociferous ridicule.
I would like to thank Mr David Berry for his help in checking the French translations, Dr T. Benn for information about the French translations, Dr B. Moloney for references to Pope's Italian reputation, Mr D.V. Reidy for translating the Italian passages, Professor Christopher Ricks for his early advice, and Dr E.T. Webb for his help with the Latin and Greek references. I am very grateful for the generous assistance given me by the staffs of the Bodleian Library and the British Museum, and for the kindness shown by Mr David Masson of the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, and Mr Robert Kenedy of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Finally, I would like to thank Miss Audrey Stead of the School of English, University of Leeds, for her invaluable help with the typescript.