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May 2, 2608.
167 b. A book called Anthony and Cleopatra. ibid.
Jan. 28, 1608. Rich. Bonian and Hen. Whalley.) A booke called the History of Troylus and Cressida. 178 b.
May 20, 1609.
183 b. o&t. 16, 1609. Mr. Welby.] Edward the Third.
189 Dec. 16, 1611. John Browne. ) A booke called the Lyfe and Death of the Lord Cromwell, by W.S,
Nov. 29, 1614.
Faulconbridge, bastard Son to Richard
256 b. Feb. 16, 1616. Mr. Barrett. ] Life and Death of Lord Cromwell. 279
March 20, 1617. Mr. Snodham.] Edward the Third, the play, 288.
* Query, if this was Shakspere's King John, or some old romance like that of Richard Cæur de Lion?
Sept. 17, 1618.
July 8, 1619.
Nov. 8, 1623.
Shakspere's Comedyes and Tragedyes, soe
* Bound up in a volume of plays attributed to Shakspere, and once belonging to King Charles I. See Mr. Garrick's collection.
69 June 29, 1624. Mr. Alde.] Leire and his Daughters.
D 82 Ed. Brewster and Rob. Birde.] The plays of King Henry the First.
D 126 Dec. 14, 1624. Mr. Pavyer.] Titus Andronicus. Widow of Watling-Street.
93 · Feb. 23, 1625. Mr. Stansby.] Edward the Third, the play.
April 3, 1626. Mr. Parker.] Life and Death of Lord Cromwell. 120
Aug. 4, 1626,
Sir John Oldcastle, a play.
127 March 1, 1627. Rich. Hawkins.] Othello the More of Venice. 160
Jan. 29, 1629.
Nou. 8, 1630.
Sir John Oldcastle.
Tho. Blount to Edward Allot, June 26,
It is worth remark, that on the books of the Stationers-Company, Titus Andronicus, Venus and Adonis, two parts of King Henry VI. Locrine, Widow of WatlingStreet, King Richard II. King Richard III. King Henry IV. &c. are the first performances attributed to Shakspere. Thus might the progress of his dramatick art be ascertained, were we absolutely sure that his productions were set down in chronological arrangement on these records of ancient publication. It may be added, that although the private interests of playhouses had power to suspend the printing of his theatrical pieces, they could not have retarded the appearance of his poems; and we may, therefore, justly date the commencement of his authorship from the time when the first of them came out, viz. his Venus and Adonis, when he was in the twenty-ninth year of his age. In the dedication of this poem to the