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this is not the only proof to be others which may not be thought met with, that the poet in his ale to bring conviction with them) terations, sometimes forgot his that the true sense of a passage original plan.
has frequently remained undeterThe metaphorical term of a pearl mined, till repeated experiments for a fine woman, may for ought have been tried on it, when one I know be very common; but commentator, making a proper in the instances Dr. Warburton use of the errors of another, has brought to prove it so, there is has at last explained it to univera circumstance that immediately fal fatisfaction. When mistakes shows a woman to have been have such effects, who would remeant.
gret having been mistaken, or “ There she lies a pearl : be forry to be the means of di“ Why she is a pearl of recting others, by that affinity
which a wrong reading or interIn Othello's speech we find no pretation sometimes has to the such leading expreffion, and are right, though he has not been lo therefore at liberty, I think, to lucky to produce at once authotake the passage in its literal rilies which could not be quero meaning.
tioned, or decisions to which noTo this note, should be sub- thing could be added ? joined (as an apology for many
I have endeavoured to enumerate the Editions of
Shakespeare's Plays, but finding that I have paid too much regard to inaccurate catalogues, I think it necessary to subjoin the following list given me by Mr, Steevens,
The Editions marked with Afterisks are in no former Tables,
I know no one who has seen those in the Italic Characters, but find
them in Mr. Pope's and Mr. Theobald's Tables, and in Dr. Wara burton's, which is compiled from them,
1. Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shake
speare, 1600, for Thomas Fisher. 2. Do, William Shakespeare, 1600, James Ro.
1. Merry Wives of Windsor, William Shake.
speare, 1602, T. C. for Arthur Johnson,
speare, 1600, V. S. for Andrew Wife, and
1. Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare,
1600, J. K. for Thomas Heyes. 2. Do, W. Shakespeare, 1600, T. Roberts, 3. D°. William Shakespeare, 1637, M. P. for
Laurence Hayes. 4. D°. William Shakespeare, 1652, for William
1. Love's Labour loft, William Shakespear, 1598,
W.W. for Cuthbert Burley. 2. Do, William Shakespeare, 1631, W. S. for
1. Taming of the Sbrew, 1607, V, S. for Nich, VI.
2.Do. Will. Shakespeare, 1631, W. S. for John
1. King Lear, William Shakespeare, 1608, for
2. De. William Shakespeare, 1608, for De.
2. Do W. Sh. 1611, Valentine Simmes, for VIII.
John Helme, 3.D. W. Shakespeare, 1622, Aug. Mathewes,
for Thomas Dewe. s 1. Richard II. William Shakespeare, 1598, Valen
tine Simmes, for Andrew Wise.
2. DO, W. Shakespeare, 1608, W. W. for Mathew IX.
taw. 3. Do. William Shakespeare, 1615, for Mathew
4. Do. 1608. for Mathew Law.
5.Do.' W. Shakespeare, 1613, W. W. fos Do
Sold by William Sheares,
Sold by Hugh Perry.
Henry IV. 2nd pl. William Shakespeare, 1600, XI.
V, S, for Andrew Wise, and William Aspley.
1. Henry V. 1600, Thas Crede for Tbo. Millington, XII.
2. Do. 1602, Thomas Creede, for Thomas
1. Henry VI. William Shakespeare, 1600, W. H. XIII, XIV. for Tho. Millington. 2. Do. William Shakespeare, no date, for T. P.
s 1. Richard III. 1597, Valentine Simmes, for Ano
drew Wise. 2. Do, William_Shakespeare, 1598, Thomas
Creede, for Do. 3. Do, William Shakespeare, 1602, Thomas, &c.
for Do. XV.
4: Do. William Shakespeare, 1612, Thomas
Creede, sold by Mathew Law, 5. DO. William Shakespeare, 1624, Thomas Pura
foot, sold by Do. 6. D'. William Shakespeare, 1629, John Norton,
sold by D'.
[ 7. Do. William Shakespeare, 1634, John Norton. XVI. Ti:us Andronicus, 1611, for Edward White.
1. Troilus and Crellida, William Shakespeare, XVII.
1609, G. Eld, for R. Bonian and H. Walley. 2. Do, no date, Do. r 1. Romeo and Juliet, 1597, John Danter.
2. Do, 1599, Tho. Crede, for Cuthbert Burley,
3. Do. 1609, for John Smethwicke. XVIII. 4. D°. William Shakespeare, no date, John Smech
wicke, 5. Do. William Shakespeare, 1637, R. Young,
for D’. | 1. Hamlet, William Shakespeare, 1605, I. R. for
N. L. 2. Do, William Shakespeare, 1611, for John
3. Do. William Shakespeare, no date, W. S. for
Do. 4. Do. William Shakespeare, 1637, R. Young,
for Do. r 1. Othello, William Shakespeare, no date, Thomas
3. Do. William Shakespeare, 1630, A. M. for
Richard Hawkins. 4. Do Willam Shakespeare, 1655, for William
Of all the other plays, the only authentick edition is the folio of 1623, from which the subsequent folios, never vary, but by accident and negligence.