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May 2, 2608.
Edw. Blount.] The book of Pericles, Prince of
Tyre.

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.
Thomas Thorpe.] A booke called Shakspere's
Sonnets.

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.
John Beale.] A booke called the Hystorie of Lord

Faulconbridge, bastard Son to Richard
Cordelion *.

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.

214 b.

* Query, if this was Shakspere's King John, or some old romance like that of Richard Cæur de Lion?

Sept.

Sept. 17, 1618.
John Wright.] The comedy called Mucedorus. 293b.

July 8, 1619.
Nich. Okes.] A play called the Merchaunt of
Venice.

303

Vol. D.
o&. 6, 1621.
Tho. Walkely. ] The Tragedie of Othello, the
Moore of Venice,

Nov. 8, 1623.
Mr. Blount and Isaak Jaggard.] Mr. William

Shakspere's Comedyes and Tragedyes, soe
many of the said Copies as are not formerly
entered to other men. Viz.

COMEDIES.
The Tempest.
Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Measure for Measure.
The Comedy of Errors.
As You Like It.
All's Well that Ends Well,
Twelfe Night.
The Winter's Tale.

HIS TORIES.
TI Third Part of Henry the Sixt.
Henry the Eight.

* Bound up in a volume of plays attributed to Shakspere, and once belonging to King Charles I. See Mr. Garrick's collection.

TRAGEDIES.

TRAGEDIES.
Coriolanus.
Timon of Athens.
Julius Cæsar.
Mackbeth.
Anthonie and Cleopatra.
Cymbeline,

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,
Edw. Brewster and Rob. Birde.] Mr. Pavyer's
right in Shakspere's plays, or any of them.

Sir John Oldcastle, a play.
Tytus Andronicus.
Hystorie of Hamblett.

127 March 1, 1627. Rich. Hawkins.] Othello the More of Venice. 160

115

Jan.

193

Jan. 29, 1629.
Mr. Meighen.] Merry Wives of Windsor.

Nou. 8, 1630.
Ric. Cotes.] Henrye the Fift.

Sir John Oldcastle.
Tytus Andronicus.
Yorke and Lancaster.
Agincourt.
Pericles.
Hamblett.

Yorkshire Tragedy.
The sixteen plays in p. 69, were assigned by

Tho. Blount to Edward Allot, June 26,

1632.
Edward Allot was one of the publishers of the
second Folio, 163,

108

109

MR.

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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

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