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TO THE

FIRST VOLUME,

PAGF.

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1. Portrait of Shakspeare. Frontispiece.
2. Shakspeare nursed by Tragedy and Comedy, from a

Painting by Romney.
3. Infant Shakspeare attended by Nature and the Pas-

--Ronıney. 4. The Monument of Shakspeare in Stratford Church.

-Boydell. 5. Shakspeare between Poetry and Painting.–Banks.

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6. Prospero and Miranda before the cell of Prospero.

-Romney. 7. Prospero, Miranda, and Ariel.-Hamilton. 8. Prospero, Miranda, Caliban, and Ariel.-Fuseli. 9. Trinculo, Stephano, and Caliban.-Smirke. 10, Ferdinand and Miranda.-- Hamilton. 11. Prospero, Ferdinand, Miranda, Mask, &c.—Wright. 12. Ferdinaud and Miranda playing at Chess.-Wheatley

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TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.

13. Valentine, Proteus, Silvia, and Julia.- Angelica

Kaufman. 14. Valentine, Proteus, Silvia, and Julia.–Stothard.

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LIFE

OF

WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE.

No feeling appears more universal, and natural to the mind of man, than that which transfers an admiration of works of genius into an inquiry respecting the mind whence they emanated; and seldom has curiosity been less gratified than in its researches into the biography of the greatest genius ever known in dramatic poetry. But little more than two centuries have elapsed since the death of our author, and almost as much is ascertained of the private life of Homer, as can now be gleaned of WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE, of whom little more can be learned, save that he lived and died, and was buried in his native town : yet his talents appear to have beer. highly appreciated by his contemporaries, and still more so by his immediate successors : and it might

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