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gical History of King Leire, and his
three Daughters, provided that Simon
Stafford shall have the printing of this
book'. ........................... ibid.

.: July 3, 1605.
Tho. Pavyer.] A ballad of lamentable Murther

done in Yorkshire, by a Gent. upon two
of his owne Children, sore wounding his
Wyfe and Nurse?. .................. 126

Jan. 22, 1606.
Mr. Ling.] Romeo and Juliett.

Love's Labour Loste.
Taminge of a Shrewe .............. 147

Aug. 6, 1607.
Geo. Elde.] A booke called the Comedie of the
Puritan Wydowe. .................. 157 b.

Aug. 6, 1607. Tho. Thorp.] A comedie called What you Will 3 ibid.

Oct. 22, 1607.
Arth. Johnson.] The Merry Devil of Edmonton * 159 b.

Nov. 19, 1607.
John Smythick.] A booke called Hamlett,

The Taminge of a Shrewe.

"This is the King Lear before that of Shakspeare. Steevens. ? Query, if the play. Steevens.

3 Perhaps this is Marston's comedy of What You Will. I have a copy of it dated 1607. What You Will, however, is the second title to Shakspeare's Twelfth-Night. Steevens.

This was certainly Marston's play, for it was printed in 1607, by G. Eld, for T. Thorpe. Malone.

The Merry Devil of Edmonton is mentioned in the Blacke Booke by T. M. 1604 : “ Give him leave to see The Merry Divel of Edmunton, or A Woman Killid with Kindnesse,” STEEVENS.

Romeo and Julett. .
Love's Labour Lost ................ 161

Nov. 26, 1607.
Nath. Butter and John Busby.] Mr. Willm.

Shakespeare, his Hystorye of Kinge
Lear, as yt was played before the King's
Majestie at Whitehall, upon St. Ste-
phen's night at Christmas last, by his
Majesties servants playing usually at
the Globe on the Bank-side .......... 161 b.

April 5, 1608.
Joseph Hunt and Tho. Archer.) A book called

the Lyfe and Deathe of the Merry
Devill of Edmonton, with the pleasant
Pranks of Smugge the Smyth, Sir John,
and mine Hoste of the George, about
their stealing of Venison. By T. B... 165 b.

May 2, 1608.
Mr. Pavyer.] A booke The Yorkshire Tragedy,
written by Wylliam Shakespere ...... 167

May 20, 1608.
Edw. Blount.] The book of Pericles Prynce of
Tyre ......

....... 167 b. A book called Anthony and Cleopatra .. ibid.

Jan. 28, 1608.
Richard Bonion and Hen. Whalleys.] A booke

called the History of Troylus and Cres-
suda.............................. 170 D.

s Bound up in a volume of plays attributed to Shakspeare, and once belonging to King Charles II. but now in Mr. Garrick's collection. The initial letters at the end of this entry, sufficiently free Shakspeare from the charge of having been its author.

STEEVENS. VOL. II.

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May 20, 1609. Tho. Thorpe.] A booke called Shakespeare's sonnetts ....... ................ 183 b.

Oct. 16, 1609.
Mr. Welby.] Edward the Third ........

e inird .............. 189

Dec. 16, 161.
John Brown.] A booke called the Lyfe and

Death of the Lo. Cromwell, by W. S... 214 b.

. Nov. 29, 1614.
John Beale.] A booke called the Hystory of

George Lord Faulconbridge, bastard
Sonne to Richard Cordelion . ........ 256 b.

Feb. 16, 1616.
Mr. Barrett.] Life and Death of Lord Cromwell 279

March 2, 1617.
Mr. Snodham.] Edward the Third, the play .... 288

Sept. 17, 1618.
John Wright.] The comedy called Mucedorus? 293 b.

July 8, 1619.
Lau. Hayes.] A play called the Merchant of
Venice ............................ 403

Vol. D.
Oct. 6, 1621.
Tho. Walkely.) The tragedie of Othello the

Moore of Venice .................. 21 • Query, if this was Shakspeare's King John, or some old romance like that of Richard Coeur de Lion. Steevens.

It was undoubtedly The Famous Historie of George Lord Fauconbridge, a prose romance. I have an edition of it now before me printed for I. B. dated 1616. Malone.

7 Bound up in a volume of plays attributed to Shakspeare, and once belonging to King Charles the Second. See Mr. Garrick's collection. STEEVENS.

Nov. 8, 1623.
Mr. Blounte and Isaak Jaggard.] Mr. William

Shakespeere's Comedyes, Histories, and
Tragedyes, soe many of the said Copies
as are not formerly entered to other
men.

Viz.
The Tempest.
Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Measure for Measure.

The Comedy of Errors.
Comedyes.

As You Like it.
Alls Well that Ends Well.

Twelfe Night.
LThe Winter's Tale.

The Thirde Parte of Henry the
Histories. { Sixt. .

(Henry the Eight.
rCoriolanus.

Timon of Athens.

Julius Cæsar. Tragedies.

Mackbeth.

Anthonie and Cleopatra.
( Cymbeline ..................... 69

Dec. 14, 1624.
Mr. Pavier.] Titus Andronnicus.
Widdow of Watling Street ..........

Feb. 23, 1625.
Mr. Stansby.] Edward the Third, the play .... 115

April 3, 1626.
Mr. Parker.] Life and Death of Lord Cromwell 120

Aug. 4, 1626.
Edw. Brewster.] Mr. Pavier's right in Shake-
Rob. Birde. ] speare's plays, or any of them.

The Historye of Hen. the fift, and the

play of the same.
Sir John Oldcastle, a play.
Tytus Andronicus, and
Hystorye of Hamblett .............. 127

Jan. 29, 1629,
Mr. Meighen.] The Merry Wives of Winsor .. 193

Nov. 8, 1630.
Ric. Cotes.] Henrye the Fift.

Sir John Oldcastle.
Tytus Andronicus.
Yorke and Lancaster.
Agincourt.
Pericles.
Hamblet.

Yorkshire Tragedie ............ 208
The sixteen plays in p. 641, were assigned by

Tho. Blount to Edward Allott, June 26, 1630.. 109 Edward Allott was one of the publishers of the

second folio, 1632.

It has hitherto been usual to represent the ancient quartos of our author as by far more incorrect than those of his contemporaries ; but, I fear that this representation has been continued by many of us, with a design to magnify our own services, rather than to exhibit a true state of the question. The reason why we have discovered a greater proportion of errors in the former than in the latter, is because we have sought after them with a greater degree of diligence ; for let it be remembered, that it was no more the practice of other writers than of Shakspeare, to correct the press for themselves. Ben Jonson only (who, being versed in the learned languages, had been taught the

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