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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.
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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. M. Tottell.] Romeo and Juletta *.
April 3, 1592.
and Black Will t.
play of his play was reprinted in 1970 at Feversham, with a pre
N. B. The terms book and ballad were anciently used to fignify dramatic works as well as any other forms of compofition; 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
and face attributing it to Shakespeare. The collection of parallel parsages which the editor has brought forward to justify his fuppofition, is such as will make the reader smile. The following is a specimen. Arden of Feversham, p. 74:
“ Fling down Endimion, and snatch him up." Merchant of Venice, A& V. Sc. i.
""Peace! how the moon sleeps with Endymion !"
" Let my death make amends for all my sin."
April 18, 1593.
Afterwards entered by Harrison,
Oct. 19, 1593.
Symon Waterson.) 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 stanza of a poem entitled “ Mirrha the Mother of Adonis; or Luftes Prodegies, by William Barkited," 1607, has the tollowing praise of Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis.
“ But stay, my muse, in thy own confines keepe;
“And wage not warre with so decre lov'd a neighbor; " But having fung thy day-fong rest and sleepe,
“ Preserve thy fina!l fame and his greater favor.
“ Hath purchas'd it; 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 19, 1594.
of Richard the Third, wherein is shown
July 20, 1594.
the eldest Son of K. Brutus, discoursinge
Vol. C. Before the beginning of this volume are placed two leaves containing irregular entries, prohibi. tions, 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 title.
# 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.
lli This could not have been the work of Shakespeare, as the death of Jane Skore makes no part of his drama.
to be staied.
Dec. 1, 1595
Cuthbert Burby] A booke entituled Edward the
Third and the Black Prince, their warres
Aug. 5, 1596.
Aug. 15, 1597 Rich. Jones.] Two ballads, being the first and second parts of the Widowe of Watling-street 9.
g22 . Aug. 29, 1597. Andrew Wife.] The tragedye of Richard the Seconde. 23
Oct. 20, 1597.
Andrew Wife.] 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 uncommon to divide one dramatic piece, though designed for a single exhibition, into two parts. Sce the K. Jobi before that of Shakespeare.