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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.

EXTRACTS

ON THE

Books of the STATIONER S’ Company.

A

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 *.

p. 193

April 3, 1592.
Edw. White.] The tragedie of Arden of Feversham

and Black Will t.

286

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.".

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April

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April 18, 1593.
Rich. Field.) A booke entitled Venus and Adonis. 297 bi

Afterwards entered by Harrison,
fen. June 23, 1594: by W. Leake, June
23, 1596-by W. Barrett, Feb. 16, 1616,
and by John Parker, March 8, 1619.

Oct. 19, 1593.

Symon Waterfon.) A booke entitled the Tragedie of

Cleopatra t.

301 b.

Feb. 6, 1593

John Danter.) A booke entitled a noble Roman Hif

tory of Titus Andronicus.

Entered also unto him by warrant from
Mr. Woodcock, the ballad thereof.

204 6.

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March 12, 1593.
Tho. Millington.] A booke entituled the First Part

of the Contention of the twoo famous Hou-
fes of Yorke and Lancaster, with the Deathe
of the good Duke Humphrie, and the Ba-
nishment and Deathe of the Duke of Yorke,
and the tragical Ende of the proude Car-
dinall of Winchester, with the notable Re-
bellion of Jacke Cade, and the Duke of
Yorke's firitt Claime unto the Crown.

305 b.

May 2, 1594.
Peter Shorte.] A pleafaunt conceyted hystorie called

* 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.
“ His song was worthie

' merit (Shakipeare hee)
“ Sung the taire blofiome, thou the withered tree:
“ Laurel is due to him; his art and wit

Hath purchas'dit; cypres thy brow will fit."
+ I fuppofe this to be Daniel's tragedy of Cleopatra. Simon
Waterfon was one of the printers of his other works.

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the Tayminge of a Shrowe *.

306 bi
May 12, 1594.
Tho. Strode.) A booke entituled the famous Victo-

ries of Henry the Fift, containing the ho-
norable Battell of Agincourt f.

306 b.
May 14, 1594.
Edw. White.) A booke entituled the famous Chro-

nicle Historye of Leire King of England
and his three Daughters I.

307
May 22, 1594.
Edw. White.] A booke intituled a Winter Nyghts
Pastime s.

June 1g, 1594.
Tho. Creede.) An enterlude entitled the Tragedie

of Richard the Third, wherein is shown
the Death of Edward the Fourthe, with
the Smotheringe of the twoo Princes in the
Tower, with the lamentable End of Shore's
Wife, and the Contention of the two
Houses of Lancaster and York 1.

309 b.
July 20, 1594.
Tho. Creede.] The lamentable Tragedie of Locrine,

the eldeit Son of K. Brutus, discourfinge
the Warres of the Britains, &c.

307 6.

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310 6.

Vol. C. Before the beginning of this volume are placed two leaves containing irregular entries, prohibitions, notes, &c. Among these are the following.

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* 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.

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Aug. 4th.
As You like it, a book.
Henry the Fift, a book

to be staied. Comedy of Much Ado about Nothing. The dates scattered over these pages are from 1596 to 1615

Dec. 1, 1595
Cuthbert Burby.] A booke entituled Edward the

Third and the Black Prince, their warres
with King John of France to

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
Clarence.

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Feb. 25, 1597

Andrew Wife.] A booke entitled the Historie of

Henry the Fourth, with his Battle at Shrew-
fbury against Henry Hottspurre of the
North, with the conceipted Mirth of Sir
John Falstoff.

July 22, 1598.
James Roberts.] A booke of the Merchaurit of Ve-

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• 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.

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