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Discours sur Shakespeare et sur Monsieur de Voltaire, pár Joseph Baretti, Secretaire pour la Correspondence etrangere de l'Academie Royale Britannique. 8vo. 1777.

An Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir John FalRaff. 8vo. 1777.;

A Letter from Monsieur de Voltaire to the French Academy. Translated from the original Edition just published at Paris. 8vo. 1777.

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Books of the STATIONER s’ Company.

Charter was granted to the Company of Stationers, on 1 the 4th of May, 1556, (third and fourth of Philip and Mary) and was confirmed by Queen Elizabeth in 1560.

The first volume of these Entries has been either lost or destroyed, as the earliest now to be found is lettered B. The hall was burnt in the Fire of London. The entries begin July 17, 1576. Feb. 18, 1582.

Vol. B. M. Tottell.] Romeo and Juletta *.

p. 193

April 3, 1592.
Edw. White.] The tragedie of Arden of Feversham

and Black Will 4.

286

N. B. The terms book and ballad were anciently used to fignify dramatic works as well as any other forms of compofition; while tragedy and comedy were titles very often bestowed on novels of the serious and the lighter kind.

* Perhaps the original work on which Shakespeare founded his play of Romeo and Juliet.

# This play was reprinted in 1770 at Feversham, with a preface attributing it to Shakespeare. The collection of parallel pas. sages which the editor has brought forward to justify his suppofi. tion, is such as will make the reader smile. The following is a fpecimen. Arden of Feversham, p. 74.

• Fling down Endimion, and snatch him up."
Merchant of Venice, A&t V. Sc. i.
. “ Peace! how the moon sleeps with Endymion !"
Arden of Feversham, p. 87.

Let my death make amends for all my fin."
Much Ado about Nothing, Act IV. Sc. ii.

• Death is the fairert cover for her shame.".

April 18, 1593. · Rich. Field.] A booke entitled Venus and Adonis *. 297 b.

Afterwards entered by _ Harrison,
fen. June 23, 1594: by W. Leake, June
23; 1596:-by W. Barrett, Feb. 6, 1616,
and by John Parker, March 8, 1619. ,

Oct. 19, 1593.
Symon Waterfon.] A booke entitled the Tragedie of
Cleopatra t.

Feb. 6, 1593
John Danter.] A booke entitled a noble Roman Hif-

tory of Titus Andronicus.

Entered also unto him by warrant from
Mr. Woodcock, the ballad thereof.

301 b.

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March 12, 1593.
Tho. Millington.) A booke entituled the First Part

of the Contention of the twoo famous Hou-
ses of Yorke and Lancaster, with the Deathe
of the good Duke Humphrie, and the Ba-
nishment and Deathe of the Duke of Yorke,
and the tragical Ende of the proude Cara
dinall of Winchester, with the notable Re-
bellion of Jacke Cade, and the Duke of
Yorke's first Claime unto the Crown. 305.b.

May 2, 1594. Peter Shorte.] A pleafaunt conceyted hystorie called 17* The last stanza of a poem entitled “ DIirrha the Mather of **Adonis ; or Luítes Prodegies, by William Barksted," 1607, has 'the following praise of Shaketpeare's Venus and Adonis.

“ But say, my muse, in thy own confines keepe;

6 And wage not varre with so deere lov'd a neighbor; " But having sung thy diy-fong rest and sleepe,

" Preserve thy imail fame and his greater favor.
“ His fong was worthic merit (Shakspeare hee)
“ Sung the faire blotlome, thou the withered tree:
“ Laurel is due to aim; bis art and wit

“ Hath purchas'dit; cypres thy brow will fit." + I suppose this io be Daniel's tragedy of Cleopatra. Simon - Warerfon was one of the printers of his other works.

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the Tayminge of a Shrowe *.

306 b.
May 12, 1594.
Tho. Strode.) A booke entituled the famous Victo,

ries of Henry the Fift, containing the ho.
norable Battell of Agincourt t. . 306 b.

May 14, 1594.
Edw. White.) A booke, entituled the famous Chrom

nicle Historye of Leire King of England
and his three Daughters f.

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307
May 22, 1594.
Edw. White.] A booke intituled a Winter Nyghts
Pastime §. .

307 be,
June 19, 1594.
Tho. Creede.) An enterlude entitled the Tragedie

of Richard the Third, wherein is shown
the Death of Edward the Fourthe, with
the Smotheringe of the twoo Princes in the
Tower, with the lamentable End of Shore's
Wife, and the Contention of the two
Houses of Lancaster and York 1. 309 6.

July 20, 1594.
Tho. Creede.] The lamentable Tragedie of Locrine,

the eldest Son of K. Brutus, discoursinge
the Warres of the Britains, &c. 310 b.

Vol. C.
Before the beginning of this volume are plac-
ed two leaves containing irregular entries, prohibi.
tions, notes, &c. Among these are the following.

* I conceive it to be the play that furnished Shakespeare with the materials which he afterwards worked up into another with the fame title.

† This might have been the very difpleasing play mentioned in the epilogue to the second part of King Henry IV. .

I suppose this to be the play on the same subject as that of our author, but written before it. .. § Query, if the Winter's Tale.

This could not have been the work of Shakespeare, as the death of Jane 'Shore makes no part of bis drama.

Aug.

- Aug. 4th. . .
Ás' You like it, a book.
Henry the Fift, a book *.

{ to be staiedi Comedy of Much Ado about Nothing.) The dates scattered over these pages are from 1596 to 1615.

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Cuthbert Burby.) A booke entituled Edward the

Third and the Black Prince, their warres
with King John of France t.

Aug. 5, 1596.
Edw. White.] A new ballad of Romeo and Juliett t. 12 b.

Aug. 15, 1597. Rich. Jones.] Two ballads, being the first and second parts of the Widowe of Watling-street $. 22 b.

Aug. 29, 1597.
Andrew Wise.] The tragedye of Richard the Seconde. 23

Oct. 20, 1597
Andrew Wife.] The tragedie of King Richard the

Third, with the Deathe of the Duke of
Clarence.

25 Feb. 25, 1597 Andrew Wise.] A booke entitled the Historie of

Henry the Fourth, with his Battle at Shrew-
sbury against Henry Hottspurre of the
North, with the conceipted Mirth of Sir
John Falstoff.

31 July 22, 1598. James Roberts.] A booke of the Merchaunt of Ve

• Probably the play before that of Shakespeare.

# This is ascribed to Shakespeare by the compilers of ancient catalogues.

Quere, if Shakespeare's play, the first edition of which ap. -peared in 1597.

§ Perhaps the fongs on which the play with the same title was founded. It may, however, be the play itself. It was not uncommon to divide one dramatic piece, though designed for a single exhibition, into two parts. See the K. John before that of Shakespeare.

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