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PLINY JUN. Some select Epistles of Pliny the Younger into Eng.

by Abr. Flemming, 4to. Lond.

1576

POMPONIUS MEL A. Pomponius Mela, by A. Golding, 4to.

1590

PLINY Pliny's Nat. Hift. by Dr. Phil. Holland, fol. 1600

SOLINU S. Julius Solinus Polyhistor, by A. Golding, 400. 1587

VEGETIU S. The four Bookes of Flavius Vegetius, concerning

martial Policye, by John Sadler, 4to. 1572

RUTILIUS RUFUS. A View of Valiaunce, translated from Rutilius Rufus, by Tho. Newton, 8vo.

1580

DARES PHR. and DICTYS Cret. Dares and Dictys's Trojan War, in Verse 1555

CATO and P. SYRUS.

Caton*, translatid into Englysshe by Mayster Benet

Burgh, &c. mentioned by Caxton. Cathon (Parvus and Magnus) trans. &c. by Caxton

1483 Precepts of Cato, with Annotations of Erasmus, &c.

1560 and 1562

24mo. Lond.

• Probably this was never printed.

Ames

Ames mentions a Discourse of Human Nature,

translated from Hippocrates, p. 428 ; an Extract from Pliny, translated from the French, p. 312 ; Æsop, &c. by Caxton and others, and there is no doubt; but many Translations

at present unknown, may be gradually reI covered, either by Industry or Accident,

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MOST NOBLE AND INCOMPARABLE

PAIRE OF BRETHREN,

W I L L I AM

Earle of PEMBROKE, &c. Lord Chamberlaine to

the Kings moft Excellent Majestie;

A N D

P HI LI P Earle of MONTGOMERY, &c. Gentleman of his

Majesties Bed-chamber. Both Knights of the Most Noble Order of the

Garter, and our singular good LORDS.

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RIGHT HONOURABLE,
HILST we study to be thankefull in our

particular, for the many favours we have

received from your L. L. we are falne upon the ill fortune to mingle two the most divers things that can be, feare, and ralhnesse ; rashnesse in the enterprize, and feare of the successe. For, when we value the places your H. H. sustaine, wee cannot but know their dignity greater, than to descend to the reading of these trifles : and, while we name them trifles, we have deprived ourselves of the defence of our dedication. But since your L. L. have been pleased to thinke these trifles something, heretofore and have prosequuted both them, and their author living, with so much favour : we hope (that they out-living him, and he not having the fate, common VOL. I.

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with some, to be exequutor to his owne writings) you will use the same indulgence toward them, you have done unto their parent. There is a great difference, whether any booke choose his patrones, or finde them : this hath done both. For, so much were your L. L. likings of the severall parts, when they were acted, as before they were published, the volumne asked to be yours. We have but collected them, and done an office to the dead, to procure his orphanes, guardians; without ambition either of selfe-profit, or fame: onely to keepe the memory of so worthy a friend, and fellow alive, as was our SHAKESPEARE, by humble offer of his playes, to your most noble patronage. Wherein, as we have justly observed, no man to come neere your L. L. but with a kind of religious addresse; it hath been the height of our care, who are the presenters, to make the present worthy of your H. H. by the perfection. But, there we must also crave our abilities to be considered, my Lords. We cannot goe beyond our owne powers. Countrey hands reach forth milke, creame, fruits, or what they have: and many nations (we have heard) that had not gummes and incense, obtained their requests with a leavened cake ; it was no fault to approach their gods by what meanes they could :. and the most, though meanest, of things, are made more precious, when they are dedicated to temples. In that name therefore, we most humbly consecrate to your H. H. these remaines of your servant SHAKESPEARE; that what delight is in them may be ever your L. L. the reputation his, and the faults ours, if any be committed, by a paire so carefull to shew their gratitude both to the living, and the dead, as is

Your Lordships most bounden

John HEMINGE,

ENRY CONDELL:

THE

PRE FACE

OF THE

PLAY E R S.

To the great Variety of READERS.

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ROM the most able, to him that can but spell: there you are numbered, we had rather you

were weighed. Especially, when the fate of all bookes depends upon your capacities: and not of your heads alone, but of your purses. Well, it is now publike, and you will Itand for your priviledges, we know : to reade, and censure. Doe so, but buy it first. That doth best. commend a booke, the stationer sayes. Then, how odde foever your braines be, or your wisdomes, make your licence the same, and spare not. Judge your fixe-penny'orth, your Thillings worth, your five shillings worth at a time, or higher, so you rise to the just rates, and welcome. But, whatever you doe, buy. Cenfure will not drive a trade, or make the jacke goe. And though you be a magiftrate of wit, and fit on the stage at Blackfriars, or the Cock-pit, to arraigne playes dayly, know, these playes have had their triall already, and stood out all appeales ; and doe now come forth quitted rather by a decree of court, than any purchased letters of commendation.

It had been a thing, we confeffe, worthy to have been withed, that the author himselfe had lived to have set forth, and overseene his owne writings; but since [F 2]

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