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Otavo, Rowe's, London, 1709, 7 Vols.
and regulated from the Prompt Books, by permission of the managers ; printed for 7. BELL, the publisher of the present Edition, 1773, 9 vols. of which Edition, in 1773, 8000 copies were printed, and have been sold, exclusive of the following statement.
The reader may not be displeased to know the exact suis paid to the different Editors of Shakspere. The following account is taken from the books of the late Mr. Tonson.
To Mr. Rowe
£ 36 10 O Mr. Hughes* - 28
28 70 Mr. Pope
217 12 0 Mr. Fenton f
30 12 0 Mr. Gay
12 0 0
Mr. Capell - 30000 Of these editions some 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 the smallest degree of skill,
either in the manners or language of the time of Shakspere, and as the names of their respective 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 six-pence; and the
* For correcting the press and making an index to Mra Rowe's 12 mo. edition.
+ For assistance to Mr. Pope in correcting the press. # For the same services. $ For correcting the sheets of Pope's 12 mo. ||Of Mr. Theobald's edition no less than 11,360 have been printed.
folios folios 1623 and 1639, 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, Holborn, having lately permitted him to ask 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 Shaksjere, in six volumes quarto (for which the subscribers paid six guineas), were disposed of among the booksellers at sixteen shillings per set. Seven hundred and fifty of this edition were printed.
At the same sale, the remainder of Dr. Warburton's edition, 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 shillings 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 edition are taken into the account, together with five spurious ones