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THE present edition of Marlowe's Works is I not a reprint of that put forth by the same publisher in 1826, but exhibits a new text formed on a collation of the early copies. I had no concern in the edition of 1826, which, nevertheless, has been frequently cited as mine; and when I characterize it as abounding with the grossest errors, I cannot offend its editor, who has been long deceased.
Several years ago, an edition of Marlowe's Works was projected by Mr. J. P. Collier; but, on learning that I had commenced the present one, he abandoned his design, and kindly transferred to me some curious documents which he had intended to use himself, and which I have inserted in their proper places: nor, conscious as I am that there has been inexcusable delay in bringing out the present edition, ought I to be dissatisfied that Mr. Collier should have since printed a considerable portion of those papers in the Prolegomena to his Shakespeare. I have also to return my thanks to Mr. Collier for furnishing me with all the entries concerning Marlowe's pieces which he had met with while preparing for the press his Extracts from the Registers of the Stationers Companya lursan odi
My best acknowledgments are due to the Rev. Dr. Bandinel, Librarian of the Bodleian, Oxford, both for the information which he communicated to me by letters and for the many courtesies which I experienced from him when I had occasion to inspect Malone's collection of English poetry, now added to the Bodleian treasures. By the ready services of the Rev. H., 0. Coxe, of the same noble establishment, I have profited more than once, ul.dad ? ti
To the Rev. J.C. Robertson, Vicar of Beakesmi bourne, who spared neither time nor trouble in aiding my inquiries about Marlowe in his native: city, I feel myself greatly indebtedn and to the! Rey, W.S. H. Braham, Rector of St. George's, Canterbury, I am not without obligations.azbitd
Having reason to believe that Marlowe had bęèn educated atithe Kingis School; Canterbury,. I requested the Hon. D. Finch, Auditor, to exty amine certain told Treasurer's Accounts, which, b was told, were preserved in the Cathedral, and were likely to determine the point with this request Mr. Finch complied ; and informed me that Marlowe was mentioned in those Accounts, as one of the King's Scholars who had received the usual stipend, during such and such years. But there his civilities ended. It was in vain that I continued asking him, as a particular fat vour, either to permit me to make the necessary extracts from those Accounts, or to allow a clerk to make them for me in Mi. Finch's opinion; myi solicitations were unreasonable. Several months after, a gentleman, whose influence is powerful at Canterbury, was inducéd (through the medium of a mutual friend) to exert himself in my behalf; and, in consequence of this kind interposition, the extracts from the Accounts were at last forwarded to ime, accompanied with a special notice that's ten and sixpencall musta be sent, in return, to Mr. Finch.sevin luni leytio
The task of tracing Marlowe's course at Cam bridge was voluntarily undertaken for me by the Rev. George Skinner, of Jesus College vand her performed it with a zeal for which I feel truly grateful,solibud sog'I 'I..!! : 53!293pny !
To the Rev. John Mitford, to W. J. Thoms, Esq., and to W. H. Black, Esq., I have to offer my thanks for various and not unimportant assistance.
The first edition of Marlowe's Hero and Leander was lent to me by the late Mr. Miller of Craigentinny.
107 102TWIT The present edition of Marlowe's Works was just completed, when the following lines were sent to the Editor by
Mr. Collier, who found them written, in an old hand, on Zs2 the title - page of a copy of Alurun for London, or The | Siedge of Antwerpe. With the ventrous actes and valorous
deeds of the lame Soldier. As it hath been playde by the right Honorable the Lord Charberlaine [sic] his Seruunts, London,
not 8c, 1602, 4to:
“ Our famous Marloe had in this a hand,
As from his fellowes I doe vnderstand :
A perfitt coppie came to hand to late."
be true: but certainly in the Alarum for London (as we now possess it) no traces of his genius are discoverable.