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the smallest degree of skill either in the manners or language, of the time of Shakespeare ; and as the names of their refpective editors are prudently concealed, it were useless to commemorate the number of their volumes, or the distinct date of each publication.
Some of our legitimate editions will afford a sufficient specimen of the fluctuation of price in books. -- An ancient quarto was sold for fix pence; and the folios 1623 and 1632, when first printed, could not have been rated higher than at ten shillings each.-Very lately, one, and two guineas, have been paid for a quarto, the first folio is usually valued at seven or eight: but what price may be expected for it hereafter, is not very easy to be determined, the conscience of Mr. Fox, bookseller in Holborn, having lately permitted him to alk no less than two guineas for two leaves out of a mutilated copy of that impression, though he had several, almost equally defective, in his shop. The second folio is commonly rated at two or three guineas. .
At the late Mr. Jacob Tonson's sale, in the year 1767, one hundred and forty copies of Mr. Pope's edition of Shakespeare, in fix volumes quarto (for which the subscribers paid fix guineas) were disposed of among the book. sellers at fixteen shillings per set. Seven hundred and fifty of this edition were printed.
At the same sale, the remainder of Dr. Warburton's edi. tion, in eight volumes 8vo. printed in 1747 (of which the original price was two pounds eight shillings, and the number printed 1000) was sold off: viz. 178 copies, at eighteen Thillings each.
On the contrary, Sir Thomas Hanmer's edition, printed at Oxford in 1744, which was first sold 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-five impressions) that not less than . 35,000 copies of our author's works have been dispersed, exclusive of the quartos, single plays, and such as have been altered for the stage. Of the latter, as exact a list as I have been able to form, with the affistance of Mr. Reed of Staple Inn, (than whom no man is more conversant with Englith publications both ancient and modern, or more willing to aslist the literary undertakings of others) will be found in the course of the following pages. VOL. I..
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ms, 8vo. for Gildon, 17 Sewell, 173
OLD EDITIONS of SHAKESPEARE'S POEMS,
III. Passionate Pilgrim, Poems by Do. 1599, 8vo. small, for W. Jaggard, sold by W. Leake.
IV. Řape of Lucrece, a Poem, 1594, 4to, Richard Field, for John Harrison.
V, Do. 1598, 8vo. P. S. for Do,
VII. Do. 12mo. (Newly revised) T. S. for Roger Jackfon, 1616.
VIII. Venus and Adonis, a Poem, 1620, 8vo. for J. P.* iX. Do. 12mo. by J. H. fold by Francis Coules, 1636.
X. The Rape of Lucrece, whereunto is annexed the Ba. nishment of Tarquin, by John Quarles, 12mo, 1665,
MODERN EDITION S. Shakespeare's Poems, 8vo. for Bernard Lintot, no date.
8vo. by Gildon, 1710,
--- 4to. and 12mo. by Sewell, 1728. PLAYS ascribed to SHAKSPEARE, either by the Editors of the Two later Folios, or by the Compilers of ancient Catalogues. J. Arraignment of Paris, 1584 +, Henry Marsh.
2. Birth of Merlin, 1662, Tho. Johnson, for Francis Kirkman and Henry Marth.
3. Edward 111 t. 1596, for Cuthbert Burby. 2. 1599, Simon Stafford, for Do.
4. Fair Em ý, 1631, for John Wright. 5. Locrine, 1595 |, Thomas Creede.
6. London * See the following Extract of Entries in the books of the Sta. tioners' Company. '
It appears from an epistle prefixed to Greene's Arcadia, that the Arraignment of Paris was written by George Peele, the author of King David and Fair Bethsabe, &c. 1599.
See the following extracts from the books at Stationers' hall. Ś Fair Em] In Mr. Garrick's Collection, is a volume, formeriy belonging to King Charles I. which is lettered on the back, SHAKESPEARE, vol. 1. This vol. consists of Fair Em, The Alerry Devil, &c. Mucedorus, &c. There is no other authority for afcribing Fair Em to our author,
|| The title-page of this play offers no sufficient evidence to conviet Shakespeare of having been its author, as it only says, "newly set foorth, overseene and corrected by W. S.” Supposing W. s. to have been meant for W. Shakespeare; as the manager of a
6. London Prodigal, 1605.
7. Merry Devil of Edmonton *, 1608, Henry Ballard, for Arthur Johnson. 2. 1617. G. Eld, for Do. 3. 1626, A. M. for Francis Falkner. 4. 1631. T. P. for Dö. 5. 2655, for W. Gilbertson.
8. Mucedorus t. 1598, for William Jones. 2. 1610, for Do. 3. 1615. N. O. for Do. 4. 1639, for John Wright. 5. No Date, for Francis Coles. '6. 1668, E. O. for Doc
9. Pericles f, 1609, for Henry Goffon. 2. 1619, for T.P. 3. 1630. J. N. for R. B. 4. 1635. Tho. Cotes.
10. Puritan, 1600$, and 1607. G. Eld.
13. Two Noble Kinsmen, 1634, Tho. Cotes, for John Waterfon.
14. Yorkshire Tragedy, 1608. R. B. for T. Pavyer. Do. 1619. for T. P. theatre, or as a friend to the author, he might have condescended to correct what his genius could not have stoop'd to write. This piece likewise exhibits several antiquated and affected words never used by Shakespeare ; as lore for lesson, Roure for tumult, virent for green, and occision for Naughter; besides equalize, rofall, mas wortial, Eos, Fames (a personification of Hunger,) Pariphlegeton, macerate, venerean, fufpires (for highs subst.) frumps, arcane for secret, feer for wife, exequies for obsequies, &c. It contains also a Spanish quotation and many Latin verses; and is full of those inexplicable dumb shews which Shakespeare has ridiculed in Hamlet,
Whoever was the author of Locrine, it could not have been printed till after the 17th of November 1595, when Queen Eli. zabeth entered into the 38th year of her reign, as at the conclusion of it is the following prayer for her Majesty :
“ So let us pray for that renowned Maid
“ That eight and thirty years the sceptre sway'd, &c.” The story of this play is taken from Gower, or in part from the ancient romance of Kynge Appolyn of Thyre, which was translated from the French by Robert Copland, who had worked under Caxe ton. I have a copy of it printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1510.
* See the following extracts from the books at Stationers' hall. + See, &c.
| Ben Jonson, in an ode published at the end of his New Inx, has the following farcasm on this piece : .. ." No doubt some mouldy tale
“ Like Pericles, and stale 66 As the shrieves cruits, &c.” iş See, &c.
Il See, &c.
LIST of PLAYS alter'd from SHAKESPEARE
INVENIES ETIAM DISJECTI MEMBRA POETAE.
Temper. The Tempest, or the Enchanted Ifand. A Comedy, acted in Dorset Garden. By Sir W. Davenant and Dryden - 4t0.-1669.
The Tempeft, an Opera taken from Shakespeare. As it is performed at the 'î heatre Royal in Drury Lane. By Mr. Garrick.-8v0.-1756.
.. Two Gentlemen of Verona. The Two Gentlemen of Verona. A Comedy written by Shakespeare, with alterations and additions, as it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, By Mr. Victor.-8vo.– 1763.
Merry Wives of Windsor. The Comical Gallant, or the Amours of Sir John Falitaffe. A Comedy, as it is acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, by his Majesties Servants. By Mr. Dennis. 460.-1702
Measure for Measure. The Law against Lovers, by Sir William Davenant.Fol.- 1673.
Measure for Measure, or Beauty the best Advocate. As it is acted at the Theatre in Lincolns Inn Fields; written originally by Mr. Shakespeare, and now very much altered: with additions of several Entertainments of Musick. By Mr. Gildon.-40.-1700.
Much Ado about Nothing. The Law against Lovers. By Sir W. Davenant.–Fol. 1673
The Univerfal Pallion. A Comedy as it is acted at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, by his Majesties Servants. By James Miller.-8vo.---.1737.
of Majefties Mock Opupe. Pe
Love's Labour's Lost.
Midsummer Night's Dream.
Pyramus and Chilbe, a Mock Opera, written by Shakespeare. Set to musick by Mr. Lampe. Performed at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden.-8vo. – 1745. .
The Fairies, an Opera, taken from a Midsummer Night's Dream written by Shakespeare, as it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. By Mr. Garrick.-8v0.1755. :
A Midsummer Night's Dream, written by Shakespeare, with Alterations and Additions, and several new Songs. As it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. By Mr. Colman.-8vo.—1763.
A Fairy Tale, in two ačts, taken from Shakespeare. As it is performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. By Mr. Colman.--8vo. — 1763.
Merchant of Venice.
As you like it.
The Modern Receipt, or a Cure for Love. A Comedy altered from Shakespeare. The Dedication is figned J. . 12mo.--1739.
Taming of the Shrew. Sawny the Scott, or the Taming of the Shrew; a Comedy, as it is now acted at the Theatre Royal, and never before printed. By Jolin Lacy.--4t0. - 1698. [ 2]