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COMMENTARIES

ON THE

HISTORICAL PL AYS

OF

SHAKSPEARE.

VOL. I.

AMS PRESS

NEW YORK

ON THE

HISTORICAL PLAYS

OF

SHAKSPEARE.

BY THE RIGHT HON.

THOMAS PEREGRINE COURTENAY.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

LONDON:
HENRY COLBURN, PUBLISHER,

GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET.

PR

2982

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

Courtenay, Thomas Peregrine, 1782-1841.

Commentaries on the historical plays of Shakspeare.

Portions first published in the New monthly magazine,
June 1838 to March 1839.

1. Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616--Histories.
I. Title.
PR2982.C6 1972 822.3'3 72-1030
ISBN 0-404-01781-9

Reprinted from the edition of 1840, London
First AMS edition published in 1972
Manufactured in the United States of America

International Standard Book Number:
Complete Set: 0-404-01781-9
Volume I: 0-404-01782-7

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PREFACE.

The greater part of the following Commentaries was published in the popular Miscellany* edited by Theodore Hook, whose approbation, as a man equally acute and amiable, is very gratifying to mę: this preface contains the substance of the observations with which I introduced my papers to the public.

It was not without real diffidence that I attempted further comments upon Shakspeare. I do not affect to have discovered new beauties in that writer, nor can I boast of the power to place in a more striking light, those which have now for some ages delighted the readers of the English language. But it appeared

* New Monthly Magazine, June 1838 to March 1839; under the title of Shakspeare's Historical Plays considered historically.

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