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THE text of most cheap and popular editions of the works of the Great Dramatist has generally been very inaccurate, and in many cases incomplete. Little or no editorial care has been bestowed on any of them, and most of them are a mass of typographical errors, careful proof-reading having been evidently considered unnecessary; this is the case even with editions which are avowedly reprints from carefully-edited standard texts. The present edition is based upon the text of Johnson, Steevens, and Reed, which is allowed to be one of the most accurate. Erroneous readings have, in several instances, been discarded, but in no one case has any reading been introduced which has not stood the test of time and critícism. As regards mechanical accuracy, this edition, though published at a price unusually low, will contrast favourably with many high-priced and ambitious editions.