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Discours sur Shakespeare et sur Monsieur de Voltaire, par Joseph Baretti, Secretaire pour la Correspondence etrangere de l'Academie Royale Britannique. 8vo. 1777.
An Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir Jolin Falstaff. 8vo. 1777.
A Letter from Monsieur de Voltaire to the French Academy. Translated from the original Edition just published at Paris. 8vo. 1777.
Books of the STATIONER S’ Company.
Charter was granted to the Company of Stationers, on
the 4th of May, 1556, (third and fourth of Philip and Mary) and was confirmed by Queen Elizabeth in 1560.
The first volume of these Entries has been either lost or destroyed, as the earliest now to be found is lettered B. The hall was burnt in the Fire of London. The entries begin July 17, 1576. Feb. 18, 1582.
Vol. B. M. Tottell.] Romeo and Juletta *.
April 3, 1592.
and Black Will t.
N. B. The terms book and ballad were anciently used to signify dramatic works as well as any other forms of composition ; while tragedy and comedy were titles very often bestowed on novels of the serious and the lighter kind.
* Perhaps the original work on which Shakespeare founded his play of Romeo and Juliet.
+ This play was reprinted in 1770 at Feversham, with a preface attributing it to Shakespeare. The collection of parallel pasfages which the editor has brought forward to justify his suppofi. tion, is such as will make the reader smile. The following is a specimen. Arden of Feverbam, p. 24:
“Fling down Endimion, and snatch him up." Merchant of Venice, Act V. Sc.i.
*** Peace! how the moon sleeps with Endymion !" Arden of Feversham, p. 87.
" Let my death make amends for all my fin." Duch Ado about Nothing, A& IV, Sc. ii.
56 Death is the fairelt cover for her shame.".
April 18, 1593.
Afterwards entered by Harrison,
Oct. 19, 1593.
Symon Waterfon.) A booke entitled the Tragedie of
Feb. 6, 1593
John Danter.) A booke entitled a noble Roman Hif
tory of Titus Andronicus.
Entered also unto him by warrant from
March 12, 1593.
of the Contention of the twoo famous Hou-
May 2, 1594.
* The last ítanza of a poem entitled " Mirrha the Mother of Adonis; or Luftes Prodeyies, by William Barkfted," 1607, has the following praise of Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis.
“ But stay, my mufe, in thy own confines keepe;
And wage not warre with so deere lov'd a neighbor; " But having fung thy day-fong rest and sleepe,
“ Preserve thy sina! fame and his greater favor.
' merit (Shakipeare hee)
“ Hath purchas'dit; cypres thy brow will fit."
the Tayminge of a Shrowe *.
ries of Henry the Fift, containing the ho-
nicle Historye of Leire King of England
June 1g, 1594.
of Richard the Third, wherein is shown
the eldeit Son of K. Brutus, discourfinge
Vol. C. Before the beginning of this volume are placed two leaves containing irregular entries, prohibitions, notes, &c. Among these are the following.
* I conceive it to be the play that furnished Shakespeare with the materials which he afterwards worked up into another with the same citle.
+ This might have been the very displeasing play mentioned in the epilogue to the second part of King Henry IV.
I suppose this to be the play on the same subject as that of our author, but written before it.
§ Query, if the Winter's Tale.
# This could not have been the work of Shakespeare, as the death of Jane Skore makes no part of his drama.
to be staied. Comedy of Much Ado about Nothing. The dates scattered over these pages are from 1596 to 1615
Dec. 1, 1595
Third and the Black Prince, their warres
6 Aug. 5, 1596. Edw. White.) A new ballad of Romeo and Juliett f. 116.
Aug. 15, 1597 Rich. Jones.] Two ballads, being the first and second parts of the Widowe of Watling-street ģ. 22 6.
Aug. 29, 1597 Andrew Wise.] The tragedye of Richard the Seconde. 23
Oēt. 20, 1597:
Andrew Wise.] The tragedie of King Richard the
Third, with the Deathe of the Duke of
Feb. 25, 1597
Andrew Wife.] A booke entitled the Historie of
Henry the Fourth, with his Battle at Shrew-
July 22, 1598.
• Probably the play before that of Shakespeare.
+ This is ascribed to Shakespeare by the compilers of ancient catalogues.
I Quere, if Shakespeare's play, the first edition of which ap. peared in 1597;
§ Perhaps the songs on which the play with the same title was founded. It may, however, be the play itself. It was not un. common to divide one dramatic piece, though designed for a single exhibition, into two parts. See the K. John before that of Shakefpeare.