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AT THE CLOSE OF THE REIGN OF
THE THIRD EDITION.
TO WHICH IS ADDED A
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL INTRODUCTION.
PRINTED BY T. BENSLEY, BOLT COURT, FLEBT-STREBT,
FOR ROBERT TRIPHOOK, 37, ST. JAMES'S STREET.
The First Edition of this Collection was published in 1600, and contained an hundred and fifty poems. The second possessing nine additional pieces, appeared in 1614. Both editions are exceedingly rare ; and their introductory variations and additions are now reprinted. In Major Pearson's sale the first sold for 51. 108.-and the same copy again in George Steevens's, produced 11l. 15s. The second sold for 77. 10s. in Dr. Farmer's collection-and when a copy of either may again be publicly sold it will undoubtedly be found that its relative value has been considerably increased.
The Editors are indebted to their esteemed friend, Mr. PARK, for the transcript used for the Printer, By Mr. Malone, they have been obliged with an inspection of the first edition ; and they have also to acknowledge a long continued loan of the second, by the favour of Mr. Heber, whose valuable assistance on such occasions claims universal acknowledgment.
S. E. BRYDGES.