Prolegomena by J. Boswell, L. Theobald, Sir T. Hanmer, W. Warburton, S. Johnson, G. Steevens, I. Reed, E. Malone, E. Cappell, W. Richardson, R. Farmer, N. Rowe
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ...From all t ese persons without doubt many circumstances relative to Shaks eare might have been obtained; but that was an age as eficient in literary curiosity as in taste. It is remarkable that in a century after our poet's death, five editions only of his plays were published; whichprobably consisted of not more than three thousand copies. During the same period three editions of the plays of Fletcher, and four of those of Jonson had appeared. On the other hand, from the year 1716 to the present time, that is, in seventy-four years, but two editions of the former writer, and one of the latter, have been issued from the press; while above thirt thousand copies of Shakspeare have been disperse through En land. That nearly as many editions of the works 0 Jonson as of Shakspeare should have been demanded in the last century, will not appear surprisin, when we recollect what Dryden has related soon ater the Restoration: that _" others were then generally preferred before him.1-" By other: Jonson and Fletcher were meant. To attempt to show to the readers of the present day the absurdity of "' Notwithstanding our high admiration of Shakspeare, we are yet without a splendid edition of his works, with the illustrations which the united elforts of various commentators have contributed; while in other countries the most brilliant decorations have been lavished on their distinguished poets. The editions of Pope and Hanmer, may, with almost as much propriety, be called tlzeirworks, as those of Shakspeare; and therefore can have no claim-to be admitted into any elegant library. Nor will the promised edition, with engravings, undertaken by Mr. Alderman Boydell, remedy this defect, for it is not to be accompanied with notes. At...
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