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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 assistance of Mr. Reed, of Staple-Inn (than whom no man is more conversant with English publications both ancient and modern, or more willing to assist the literary undertaking of others), will be found in the course of the following pages.
II. Do. 1640. 8vo. Tho. Cotes, sold by John
III. Passionate Pilgrim, Poems by Do. 1599, 8vo. small, for W. Jaggard, sold by W. Leake.
IV. Rape of Lucrece, a Poem, 1594, 4to. Richard
V. Do. 1598. 8vo. P.S. for Do.
VII. Do. 12mo. (Newly revised) T. S. for Roger
• VIII. Venus and Adonis, a Poem, 1620, 8vor for J. P.* · IX. Do. 12mo. by J. H. sold by Francis Coules, 1636.
X. The Rape of Lucrece, whereunto is annexed the Banishment of Tarquin, by John Quarles, 12mo. 1665.
MODERN EDITIONS. SHAKSPERE's Poems, 8vo. for Bernard Lintot, no date.
8vo. by Gildon, 1710. --- 4to. and 12mo. by Sewell, 1728.
PLAYS ASCRIBED TO SHAPSPERE, Either by the Editors of the two later Folios, or by the
Compilers of ancient Catalogues. 1. Arraignment of Paris, 1584 +. Henry Marsh.
2. Birth of Merlin, 1662, Tho. Johnson, for Francis Kirkman and Henry Marsh
3. Edward III. I 1596, for Cuthbert Burby. 2. 1599, Simon Stafford, for Do.
· * See the following Extract of Entries in the books of the Stationers' 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.
:. 4. Fair Em *, 1631, for John Wright.
5. Locrine, 1595 t, Thomas Creede. ..6. London Prodigal, 1605.
* Fair Em.] In Mr. Garrick's Collection, is a volume; formerly belonging to King Charles I. which is lettered on the back, SHAKSPERE, vol. 1. This vol. consists of Fair. Em, The Merry Devil, &c. Mucedorus, &c. There is no authority for ascribing Fair Em to our author.
† The title-page of this play offers no sufficient evidence to convict Shakspere 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. Shake spere; as the manager of a theatre, or as a friend to the author, he might have condescended to correct what his genius could not have stooped to write. This piece likewise exhibits several antiquated and affected words never used by Shakspere; as lore for lesson, stoure for tumult, virent for green, and occision for slaughter; besides equalize, Tosiall, mavortial, Eos, Fames (a personification of Hunger), Puriphlegeton, macerate, venerean, suspires (for sighs subst.) frumps, arcane for secret, foer for wife, exequies for obsea quies, &c. It contains also a Spanish quotation and many Latin verses; and is full of those inexplicable dumb shews which Shakspere has ridiculed in Hamlet.
Whoever was the author of Locrine, it could not have been printed till after the 19th of November 1595, when Queen Elizabeth 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,
7. Merry Devil of Edmonton *, 1608, Henry Bale lard for Arthur Johnson. 2. 1617, G. Eld. for Do. 3. 1626, A. M. for Francis Falkner. 4.,1631, T.P. for Do. 5. 1655, 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 Do.
9. Pericles f, 1609, for Henry Gosson. 2. 1619, for T. P. 3. 1630, J. N. for R. B. 4. 1635, Thomas Cotes. i
10. Puritan $, 1600, and 1607, G. Eld. 11. Sir John Oldcastle, 1600, for T.P.
12, Thomas Lord Cromwell, 1613, Thomas Snodham.
The story of this play is taken from Gower, or in part from the ancient romance of Kynge Appolyn of Thyrę, which was translated from the French by Robert Copland, who had worked under Caxton. I have a copy of it printed by Wynkyn de Wode, in 1510. . * See the following Extracts from the books at Stationers' Hall. .+ See, &c.
* Ben Johnson, in an ode published at the end of his New Inn, has the following scarcasm on this piece:
" No doubt some mouldy tale
13. Two Noble Kinsmen, 1634, Tho. Cotés, for John Waterson.
14. Yorkshire Tragedy, 1608*, R. B. for T. Pavyer. Do, 1619, for T. P.
LIST OF PLAYS ALTERED FROM SHAKSPERE.
IN VENIES ETIAM DISJËCTI MEMBRA POẾTAÉ.
:: TEMPEST. The Tempest, or The Enchanted Island. A Comedy, acted in Dorset-Garden. By Sir. W. Davenant and Dryden. 4to. 1669.
The Tempest, made into an Opera, by Shadwell, in 1673. See Downes, p. 34.
The Tempest, an Opera taken from Shaksperė. As it is performed at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane. By Mr. Garrick. 8vo. 1756.
TWO GENTLEMEN of VERONA. The Two Gentlemen of Verona. A Comedy written by Shakspere, 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 Falstaff*. A Comedy, as it is acted at the Theatre