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To this lift might be added, several spurious and mutilated impressions; but as they appear to have been executed without the smallefi degree of (kill either in the manners or language of the time of Shakspeare, and as the names of their respective editors are prudently concealed , it were useless to commemorate the number of their volumes, or the dillincl date of each publication.
7 And is not worth three shillings. See an account of it , in the preface to the present (i. e. Mr. Malone's) edition. MALONS.
'At the late Mr. jacob Tonson's sale, in the year 1767. one hundred and fortyicopies' of Mr. Pope's edition of Shakspeare, in six volumes quarto (for which the subscribers paid fix guineas) were disposed of among the booksellers at sixteen shillings per set. Seven hundred and fifty of this edition were printed.
At che same sale, the remainder of Dr. T'Varburt0n's edition , in eight volumes oftavo , printed in 1747, (of which the original price was two pounds eight shillings , and the number printed one thousand,) was sold off: viz. one hundred and seventy-eight copies , at eighteen shillings each.
On the contrary , Sir Thomas Hanmer's edition, printed at Oxford in 1744, which was first fold for three guineas , had arisen 'to nine or ten, before it was reprinted.
It appears, however, from the foregoing catalogue (when all reiterations of legitimate editions are taken into the account, together with five spurious ones printed in Ireland, one in Scotland, one at Birmingham, and four in London, making in the whole thirty-seven impresiions) that not less than 37,50o copies of our author's works have been dispersed , exclufive os the quartos, fingle plays, and such as have been altered for the Stage. Of the latter, as exaft a list as I have been able to form, with the allislance of Mr. Reed , of Staple-Inn, (than whom no man is more conversant with English publications both
See, however, the Advertisemcnt prefixed to this edition,
p. XXDS. and Mr. Malonc's Preface, here reprinced. Srzzvcns.
ancient 'and modern, or more willing to assist the literary undertakings of others) will be found in the course of the following pages. STEEVENS.
1. Venus and Adonisx, 1596 , small ocilavo, or rather decimo sexto , RLF. for John Harrison.
This poem , I.have no doubt, was printed in quarto in 1593 or 1594, though no copy of the edition is now knownito be extant. '
Reprinted in 16oo, 16o2, 1617, 162o, 163o, 3cc.
2. Lucrece, quarto, 1594, Richard Field, for John Harrison. Reprinted in small oftavo, 1596, 1598, 16oo , 1607 , 1616,1624, 1632, Scc.
4. The Passionate Pilgrime, or certain amorous Sonnets between Venus and Adonis, Scc. The third edition, small oflavo , 1612, W. Jaggard. i
I know not when the second edition was . printed. i -5. Shalcspeards Sonnets , never before imprinted, quarto, 1609, G. Eld, for T. T.
V N A"n"editi.on of Shakspeare's Sonnets, differs ing in many particulars from the original, , 'and intermixed with the poems contained in
i ' The Pqfionatc Pilgrim , and with iseveral 'poems written by Thomas I-leywood, was printed in 1640, in small ofiavo , by Thomas
i Cotes, fold by john Benson. my
-Shakspeards Poems, small oftavo , for Bernard, Lintot , no date, but printed in 1710. - The Sonnets in 'this edition were printed from the quarto of 1609 ; Venus and A z'0n2's, and Lucrece, from very late editions , full of , Errors.
The Poems of William Shakfpeare , containing is Venus and Adonis, Rape osi Lucrece, . .onnets, Paflionate Pilgrim,' and A L0ver's 'wmplaint , printed from the authentick coa
X ' , by Malone, in ofiavo , in 1780.
Do. Se. 'id Edition, with the author's plays, crown - ofia -,'17g0-. 1
PLAY-S ascribed to SHAKSPEAILE, either by then' ' Etlitors of the two later Folios, or by the Compilers of ancient Catalogucs.
2. Birth of Merlin , 1662, ,-Tho. Johnson , for Francis Kirkman and Henry Marlh.
3. Edward III. 715g6, for Cuthbert Burby. 2. 15g9 , Simon Stafford , lor D9., '
4. Fair Em , 1631 , sor John VVright. x
8. Mucedorus, 1598, forWilliamJones. 2. i6Io, for Do. 3. 1615, N. O. for Do. 4. I639, for John 'W'right. 5. no date , for Francis Coles. 6. 1668, E. O. for Do.
lt appears' from an cpiflle prefixed to Greene's Arcadia , that The Arraignmcnl cf Paris was written by George Peele , the author of King David and fair Betltsizbc, Scc. 1599. V H
7 See the preceding extrafis from the books at'Stationers'. hall.