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Two editions of Tamburlaine—one in 4to, the other in 8vowere published in 1590. Of the 4to we have only the title-page and the Address to the Readers, which were found pasted in a copy of the First Part of Tamburlaine preserved in the Bridgewater Collection. In the Bodleian Library there is a perfect copy of the 1590 8vo of both parts. The title-pages of the 8vo and 4to agree verbatim, and run as follows:– Zamburlaine the Great. Who, from a Scythian Shephearde by his rare and woonderfull Conquests, became a most £uissant and mightye Monarque. And (for his tyranny, and terrour in Warre) was tearmed, The Scourge of God. Deuided into two Tragicall Ziscourses, as they were sundrie times shewed upon Stages in the Citie of London. By the right honorable the lord Admyrall, his seruauntes. Mow first, and newlie published. London. Printed by Æichard Vhones: at the signe of the Rose and Crowne neere Æolborne Æridge. 1590. The half-title of the Second Part in the 8vo is— The Second Part of The bloody Conquest of mighty Tamburlaine. With his impassionate fury, for the death of his Lady and loue faire Zemocrate: his fourme of exhortacion and discipline to his three sons, and the maner of his own death. In the Garrick Collection, British Museum, there is an 8vo edition of both parts dated 1592; the 8vos of 1590 and 1592 are probably the same book with a different title-page. Langbaine and Halliwell mention an edition of 1593; and Collier gives the full title of an edition published in 1597 (Cunningham's Marlowe, p. 368). The two parts were reissued in 1605–6 with the following titles :7amburlaine the Greate. Who, from the state of a São Ferri in Scythia, by his rare and wonderfull Conguests orane a most fairiant and mighty Monaryue. London Printed for Edward Wiite, and are to be folde at the little North docre of Saint Pauler-Church, at the signe of the Gunne, 1605. 4to. Tamburlaine the Greate. With his impassionate furie, for the death of his Lady and Loue fair Zemocrate: his forme of exhortation and discipline to his three Sonnes, and the manner of his corne death. The second part. London Printed by E. A. for Ed. White, and are to be solde at his Shop neere the little North doore of Saint Paule: Church at the Signe of the Gun. 1606. 4to. I have had the 1592 8vo and the 1605–6 4to constantly before me; but Dyce was so thoroughly accurate in recording the readings of the old copies, that little or nothing in the way of collation was needed. My friend Mr. C. H. Firth, of Balliol College, Oxford, kindly referred to the 1590 8vo to see whether any light could be thrown on certain corrupt passages; but in all cases the Bodleian copy agreed with the 1592 8vo. I have not thought it necessary to follow Dyce in recording the misprints and unnecessary changes of reading that occur in ed. 1605–6. Where the reading of the later copy seemed a distinct improvement, I have adopted it; but whereever I have departed from the 8vo, I have been careful to record the original reading in a sootnote. The printer's address, from the 1592 8vo, is as follows:—
To THE GENTLEMEN-READERs AND OTHEks THAT TAKE PLEAsure IN READING Histories.
GENTLEMEN and courteous readers whosoever: I have here published in print, for your sakes, the two tragical discourses of the Scythian shepherd Tamburlaine, that became so great a conqueror and so mighty a monarch. My hope is, that they will be now no less acceptable unto you to read after your serious affairs and studies than they have been lately delightful for many of you to see when the same were shewed in London upon stages. I have purposely omitted” and left out some
* I have touched upon this point in the Introduction.
fond and frivolous gestures, digressing, and, in my poor opinion, far