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this is not the only proof to be others which may not be thought met with, that the poet in his al. to bring conviction with them) terations, sometimes forgot his that the true sense of a passage original plan.

has frequently remained undeterThe metaphorical term of a pearl mined, will repeated experiments for a fine woman, may for ought have been tried on it, when one I know be very common; but commeatator, making a proper in the instances Dr. Warburton use of the errors of another, has brought to prove it so, there is has at last explained it to onivera circumstance that immediately fal fatisfaction. When mitakes shews a woman to have been have such effects, who would remeant.

gret having been mistaken, or • There she lies a pearl : be sorry to be the means of diWhy she is a pearl of recting others, by that affinity

which a wrong reading or interIn Orkello's speech we find no pretation sometimes has to the such leading expreffion, and are right, though he has not been fo therefore at liberty, I think, to lucky to produce at once authotake the passage in its literal rities which could not be ques meaning

tioned, or decisions to which noTo this note, hould be sub- thing could be added ? joined (as an apology for many


“ price.”

I have

I have endeavoured to enumerate the Editions of

Shakespeare's Plays, but finding that I have paid too much regard to inaccurate catalogues, I think it necessary to subjoin the following list given me by Mr, Steevens,

The Editions marked with Afterisks are in no former Tables,

I know no one who has seen those in the Italic Characters, but find

them in Mr. Pope's and Mr. Theobald's Tables, and in Dr. Wara burton's, which is compiled from them,


1. Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shake

speare, 1600, for Thomas Fisher. 2. Do, William Shakespeare, 1600, James Ro.



1. Merry Wives of Windsor, William Shake.

speare, 1602, T. C. for Arthur Johnson,
2. De William Shakespeare, 1619, for De.
3. D°. William Shakespeare, 1630, T. H. for

R. Meighen.
Much ado about Nothing, William Shake-

speare, 1600, V. S. for Andrew Wife, and
William Aspley.

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1. Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare,

1600, J. K. for Thomas Heyes. 2. Do, W. Shakespeare, 1600, T. Roberts, 3. D°. William Shakespeare, 1637, M. P. for

Laurence Hayes. 4. D°. William Shakespeare, 1652, for William



1. Love's Labour loft, William Shakespear, 1598,

W.W. for Cuthbert Burley. 2. Do, William Shakespeare, 1631, W. S. for

John Smethwicke,


1. Taming of the Sbrow, 1607, V. S. for Nich,

Ling 2. Do, Will. Shakespeare, 1631, W. S. for John



1. King Lear, William Shakespeare, 1608, for

Nathaniel Butter. 2. Do, William Shakespeare, 1608, for De. 3. Do, William Shakespeare, 1655, Jane Bell. 1. King John, 2. p. 1591, for Sampson Clarke. 2. Do W. Sh. 1611, Valentine Simmes, for

John Helme, 3. D . W. Shakespeare, 1622, Aug. Mathewes,

for Thomas Dewe.


1. Richard II. William Shakespeare, 1598, Valen

tine Simmes, for Andrew Wise.

2. DO. W. Shakespeare, 1608, W.W. for Matbezu LX.

taw. 3. D°. William Shakespeare, 1615, for Mathew

L 4.DO. William Shakespeare, 1634, John Norton,
1. Henry IV. 15. p. 1598, P. S. for Andrew

2. Do, W. Shakespeare, '1599, S, S. for Do.
3. D. 16o4.

4. Do. 1608. for Mathew Law.

-5. Do.'W. Shakespeare, 1613, W. W. for D'
6. DO. William Shakespeare, 1622, T. P, Sold

by Do.
7. D°. William Shakespeare, 1632, John Norton.

Sold by William Sheares. 8. Do. William Shakespeare, 1639, John Norton,

Sold by Hugh Perry. XI.

Henry IV. 2nd pe William Shakespeare, 1600,

V.'s, for Andrew Wise, and William Aspley. 1. Henry V. 1600, The Crede for Tbo. Millington,

2. Do, 1602, Thomas Creede, for Thomas XII.

3. Do. 1608, for T. P.

1. Henry VI. William Shakespeare, 1600, W.W. XIII, XIV. for Tho. Millington. 2. D. William Shakespeare, no date, for T. P.

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s 1. Richard III. 1597, Valentine Simmes, for Ano

drew Wise. 2. Do, William_Shakespeare, 1598, Thomas

Creede, for Do. 3. Do, William Shakespeare, 1602, Thomas, &c.

for Do. XV.

4: Do. William Shakespeare, 1612, Thomas

Creede, sold by Mathew Law, 5. DO. William Shakespeare, 1624, Thomas Pura

foot, sold by Do. 6. D'. William Shakespeare, 1629, John Norton,

sold by D'.

[ 7. Do. William Shakespeare, 1634, John Norton. XVI. Ti:us Andronicus, 1611, for Edward White.


1. Troilus and Crellida, William Shakespeare, XVII.

1609, G. Eld, for R. Bonian and H. Walley. 2. Do, no date, Do. r 1. Romeo and Juliet, 1597, John Danter.

2. Do, 1599, Tho. Crede, for Cuthbert Burley,

3. Do. 1609, for John Smethwicke. XVIII. 4. D°. William Shakespeare, no date, John Smech

wicke, 5. Do. William Shakespeare, 1637, R. Young,

for D’. | 1. Hamlet, William Shakespeare, 1605, I. R. for

N. L. 2. Do, William Shakespeare, 1611, for John

Smethwicke. XIX.

3. Do. William Shakespeare, no date, W. S. for

Do. 4. Do. William Shakespeare, 1637, R. Young,

for Do. r 1. Othello, William Shakespeare, no date, Thomas

2. D'. William Shakespeare, 1622, N. O. for

Thomas Walkely.

3. Do. William Shakespeare, 1630, A. M. for

Richard Hawkins. 4. Do Willam Shakespeare, 1655, for William


Of all the other plays, the only authentick edition is the folio of 1623, from which the subsequent folios, never vary, but by accident and negligence.


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