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Of these editions fome 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 fpurious and mutilated impressions; buť as they appear to have been executed without the smallest degree of skill either in the manners or language of the time of Shakspeare, 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 fufficient specimen of the fluctuation of price in books.-An ancient quarto was sold for six-pence; and the folios 1623 and 1632, when first printed, could not have been rated higher than at ten shillings each.~Very lately, seven pounds, five shillings; and seventeen pounds, fix shillings and six-pence, have been paid for a quarto ; the first folio has been repeatedly sold for twenty-five pounds; and also for thirty-five pounds, fourteen shillings: but what price may be expected for it hereafter, is not very easy to be determined, the conscience of Mr. Fox, bookseller, in Holborn, having once 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 guincas."
s And is not worth three shillings. See an account of it, in the preface to the present fi. e. Mr. Malone's) edition. MALONI.
At the late Mr. Jacob Tonson's fale, in the year 1767, one hundred and forty copies of Mr. Pope's edition of Shakspeare, in fix volumes quarto (for which the subscribers paid fix guineas) were disposed of among the booksellers at fixteen 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 octavo, printed in 1747, (of which the original price was two pounds eight shillings, and the number printed one thousand,) was sold off: viz. one hundred and seventy-eight 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 editions are taken into the account, together with five fpurious ones printed in Ireland, one in Scotland, one at Birmingham, and four in London, making in the whole thirty-seven impressions) that not less than 37,500 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 aslistance of Mr. Reed , of Staple-Inn, (than whom no man is more conversant with English publications both
See, however, the Advertisement prefixed to this edition, p. XXIX. and Mr. Malone's Preface, here reprinted.
ancient and modern, or more willing to assist the literary undertakings of others) will be found in the course of the following pages. STEEVENS.
1. Venus and Adonis, 1596 , small octavo ,
rather decimo sexto, R. F. for John Har-
I have no doubt, was printed in quarto in 1593 or 1594, though no copy of the edition is now known to be extant.
Reprinted in 1600, 1602, 1617, 1620,
1630 , &c. 2. Lucrece, quarto , 1594, Richard Field, for
Reprinted in small octavo, 1596, 1598,
1600 , 1607, 1616, 1624, 1632 , &c. 3. The Passionate Pilgrim , [being a collection
of Poems by Shakspeare,] small octavo, 1599,
for W. Jaggard; fold by Williami Leake. 4. The Passionate Pilgrime, or certain amorous
Sonnets between Venus and Adonis, &c. The third edition, small octavo , 1612, W. Jaga
I know not when the second edition was
printed. 5. Shakspeare's Sonnets, never before imprinted,
quarto , 1609, G. Eld, for T. T.
An edition of Shakspeare's Sonnets, differ: ing in many particulars from the original, and intermixed with the poems contained in The Pasionate Pilgrim , and with several poems written by Thomas Heywood, was printed in 1640, in small octavo, by Thomas Cotes, sold by John Benson.
ED I TI O N S.
Shakspeare's Poems, small octavo, for Bernard
Lintot, no date , but printed in 17.10.
The Sonnets in this edition were printed from the quarto of 1609; Venus and Alonis, and Lucrece, from very late editions, full of
The Poems of William Shakspeare, containing
is Venus and Adonis, Rape of Lucrece,
:, by Malone, in octavo , in 1780.
, 1790. Spurious Editions of Shakspeare's Poems have also been publilhed by Gildon, Sewell, Evans, &c.
PLAYS ascribed to SHAKSPEARE, either by the
Editors of the two later Folios, or by the
Compilers of ancient Catalogues. 1. Arraignment of Paris, 1584,6 Henry Marh, 2. Birth of Merlin, 1669 , Tho. Johnson, for
Francis Kirkman and Henry Marih. 3. Edward III. ?1596, for Cuthbert Burby. 2.
1599 , Simon Stafford , for Do., 4. Fair Em,
$ 1631, for John Wright.
lard, for Arthur Johnson. 2. 1617, G.
for W. Gilbertson.
for Do. 3. 1615, N. O. for Do. 4. 1639,
Colcs. 6. 1668 , E. O. for Do.
? See the preceding extracts from the books a: Stationers' hall.
& Fair Em,) In Mr. Garrick's Collection, is a volume, formerly belonging to King Charles II. which is lettered on the back, 'SHAKESPEARE, Vol. I," This vol. consists of Fair Em , The Merry Devil, &c. Micedorus, &c. There is no other authority for afcribing. Fuir Em to our author.