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gical History of King Leire, and his
.: July 3, 1605.
done in Yorkshire, by a Gent. upon two
Jan. 22, 1606.
Love's Labour Loste.
Aug. 6, 1607.
Aug. 6, 1607. Tho. Thorp.] A comedie called What you Will 3 ibid.
Oct. 22, 1607.
Nov. 19, 1607.
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. .
Nov. 26, 1607.
Shakespeare, his Hystorye of Kinge
April 5, 1608.
the Lyfe and Deathe of the Merry
May 2, 1608.
May 20, 1608.
....... 167 b. A book called Anthony and Cleopatra .. ibid.
Jan. 28, 1608.
called the History of Troylus and Cres-
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.
May 20, 1609. Tho. Thorpe.] A booke called Shakespeare's sonnetts ....... ................ 183 b.
Oct. 16, 1609.
e inird .............. 189
Dec. 16, 161.
Death of the Lo. Cromwell, by W. S... 214 b.
. Nov. 29, 1614.
George Lord Faulconbridge, bastard
Feb. 16, 1616.
March 2, 1617.
Sept. 17, 1618.
July 8, 1619.
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.
Shakespeere's Comedyes, Histories, and
The Comedy of Errors.
As You Like it.
The Thirde Parte of Henry the
(Henry the Eight.
Timon of Athens.
Julius Cæsar. Tragedies.
Anthonie and Cleopatra.
Dec. 14, 1624.
Feb. 23, 1625.
April 3, 1626.
Aug. 4, 1626.
The Historye of Hen. the fift, and the
play of the same.
Jan. 29, 1629,
Nov. 8, 1630.
Sir John Oldcastle.
Yorkshire Tragedie ............ 208
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