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ANCIENT EDITIONS

OF

SHAKESPEARE's PLAYS,

as have hitherto been met with by his different

Editors.

Those marked with Asterisks are in no former Tables; and

those which are printed in the Italic character I have never seen.

1.

$1. Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shake-
3 speare, 1600, Thomas Fisher.
(2. D°. William Shakespeare, 1600, James Roberts.

ri. Merry Wives of Windsor, William Shakespeare,
1 1602. T. C. for Arthur Johnson.
{2. Do, William Shakespeare, 1619, for D!.

3. Do. William Shakespeare, 1630, T. H. for R. ç Meighen.

III.

Much Ado about Nothing, William Shakespeare,

1600, V. S. For Andrew Wife and William L Afpley.

whant of Thomas Heyes. Roberts 1. Shakespeare, emeare, 1637.

IV.

1. Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare, 1600.

J. R. for Thomas Heyes. 2. W. Shakespeare, 1600, J. Roberts. 3. D°. William Shakespeare, 1637, M. P. for Lau:

rence Hayes 14. Do. William Shakespeare, 1652, for William

Leake.

(1. Love's Labour Loft, William Shakespeare, 1598,
) W. W. for Cuthbert Burbey.
2. D'. William Shakespeare, 1631, W. S. for Johor
Smethwicke.

1. Taming of the Shrew, 1607,V.S. for Nich. Ling. VI. 12. D'. Will. Shakespeare, 1631, W. S. for John

1 Smethwicke.

ri. King Lear, William Shakespeare, 1608, for Na

thaniel Butter. 2. D°. William Shakespeare, 1608, for Do. 13. D°. William Shakespeare, 1655, Jane Bell.

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Pi. King John, 2 Parts, 1591, for Sampson Clarke.

2. Do. W. Sh. 1611, Valentine Simmes, for John 3 Helme. 3. Do. W. Shakespeare, 1622, Aug. Matthewes,

for Thomas Dewe. pl. Richard II. 1597, Valentine Simmes for An

drew Wife. 2. Richard II. William Shakespeare, 1598, Valen

tine Simmes, for Andrew Wife. 13. Do. W. Shakespeare, 1608, W.W. for Matthew

Law. 4.Do.William Shakespeare, 1615,for MatthewLaw. 15. D°. William Shakespeare, 1634, John Norton. s. Henry IV. First Part, 1598, P. S. for Andrew

Wise. 2. Do. W. Shakespeare, 1599, S. S. for Do. 3. Do. 1604. 4. Do. 1608, for Matthew Law. 5. Do. W. Shakespeare, 1613, W. W. for Do. 6. D°. William Shakespeare, 1622, T. P. fold

by Do. 17. D°. William Shakespeare, 1632, John Norton, I sold by William Sheares. 18. D°. William Shakespeare, 1639, John Norton, I sold by Hugh Perry.

[ 1. Henry IV. Second Part, William Shakespeare,
L 1600, V. S. for Andrew Wife and William
> Aspley.

2. D. 160o. Do.

of These three are only copies of the spurious play.

ps. Henry V. 1600. Tho. Creede, for T. Mil-
1 lington, and John Buíby.
32. Do. 1602, Thomas Creede, for Thomas

Pavier.
13. Do. 1608, for T. P.

XII.

XIU. XIV.

(1. Henry VI. William Shakespeare, 1600,

Val. Simmes, for Tho. Millington. 2. D°. William Shakespeare, W. W. for T. Li. Millington, 1600. 13. D'. William Shakespeare, T. P.

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( 1. Richard III. 1597, Valentine Simmes, for

Andrew Wile. 2. D°. William Shakespeare, 1598, Thomas

Creede, for Do. 3. Do. William Shakespeare, 1602, Thomas

Creede, for Do 4. Do. William Shakespeare, 1612, Thomas

Creede, sold by Matthew Lawe. 5. D°. William Shakespeare, 1622, Thomas

Purfoot, sold by Do. 6. Do. William Shakespeare, 1629, John

Norton, fold by Do. 17. D'. William Shakespeare, 1634, John - Norton.

Titus Andronicus, 1611, for Edward White.

Pi. Troilus and Crellida, William Shake

fpicare, 1609, G. Eld, for R. Bonian

and H. Whalley, with a Preface.
2. Do. 1609, for D'.
13. Do. no Date, Do..

XVIII. *

1. Romeo and Juliet, 1597, John Danter.
2. Do 1599, Tho.Creede,for Cuthbert Burby.

3. D". ;609, for John Smethwicke.
( 4. Do. William Shakespeare, no Date, John

Smethwicke. l. D'. William Shakespeare, 16372. R.

Young for Do.

51. Hamlet, William Shakespeare, J. R. for N.

L. 1604. 1.2. Hamlet, William Shakespeare, 1605, I. R. I for N. L. 3. Do. William Shakespeare, 1611, for John

Smethwicke 4. Do. William Shakespeare, no Date, W.S.

for Do. 5. D°. William Shakespeare, 1637, R. Young, 6. Do. R. Bentley, 1695.

XIX. *

for Do.

(1. Othello, William Shakespeare, no Date, Thomas

Waikely. 2. D'. William Shakespeare, 1622, N. O. for

Thomas Walkely. 3. Do William Shakespeare, 1630, A. M. for

Richard Hawkins. 14. Do. William Shakespeare, 1655, for William

Leake.

Of all the remaining plays the most authentic edition is the folio 1623; yet that of 1632 is not without value; for though it be in fome places mere incorrectly printed than the preceding one, it has likewise the advantage of va-, rious readings, which are not merely such as reiteration of copies will naturally produce. The curious examiner of Shakespeare's text, who poffefes the first of these, ought not to be unfurnished with the second. As to the third and fourth impreslions, (which include the seven rejected plays) they are little better than waste paper, for they differ only from the preceding ones by a larger accumulation of errors. I had inadvertently given a similar character of the folio 1632; but take this opportunity of confessing a mistake ilito which I was led by too implicit a reliance on the asser. tions of others.

FOLIO EDITION S. 1. Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true original Copies. 162 Fol. Ifaac Jaggard and Ed. Blount.

1. to. 768 odol. Tho. Cotes, for Rob. Allot. IILD.1664. Fol. for P.C.

IV. Do. 1685. Fol. for H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley.

'MODERN EDITION S. Octavo, Rowe's, London, 1709. 7 Vols. - Quarto, Pope's, Ditto, 1723. 6 Do.

"Duodecimo, Pope's, Ditto, 1728. 10 Do. Porto Octavo, Theobald's, Ditto, 173;. 7 Do.

Duodecimo, Theobald's Ditio, 1740, 8 Do.. . Quarto, Hanmer's, Oxford, 1744, 6 Do.

Octavo, Warburton's, London, 1747, 8 D'.
Ditto, Johnson's, ditto, 1765, 8. Do,
Ditto, Steevens's, ditto, 1766, 4 Do.
Crown 8vo. Capel's, 1768, 10 Do.
Quarto, Hanmer's, Oxford, 1771, 6 Do.
Octavo, Johnson and Steevens, London, 1773, 10 DO.
D'. second Edition, ditto, 1778, io Do. ***

The reader may not be displeased to know the exact sums paid to the different Editors of Shakespeare. The following account is taken from the books of the late Mr. Tonson. To Mr. Rowe

£ 36 10 O
Mr Hughes * -
Mr. Pope

217 120,... Mr. Fentont

30 12o.
Mr. Gay I
Mr. Whatley j.

12 o o .
Mr. Theobald
Mr. Warburton

56900
Dr. Johnson
Mr. Capell --

3000 o Of these editions fome have passed several times through the press; but only such as vary from each other are here enumerated.

To this list might be added several spurious and mutilated impressions; but as they appear to have been executed without

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For correcting the press and making an index to Mr. Rowe's ] 2ino edition.

* For asistance to Mr. Pope in correcting the press, “..9" .
* For the same services.
§ For correcting the sheets of Pope's 12mo.

. iu i Of Mr. Theobald's edition no less than 1136o have been printed.

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