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OF THIS EDITION, PRINTED IN ENGLAND BY THE PELICAN
Mesh 4-7-30 2/28/. NOTE
1924 ARLOW died in May 1593, and on the 28th of
September of that year "a booke intituled Hero and Leander beinge an amorous poem devised by Christopher Marlow" was licensed by John Wolf who does not bowever appear to bave issued an edition. In 1998 Edward Blount published the poem, which Marlow bad left unfinished, in a 4to volume of which only one copy, formerly in the Heber and Britwell Court collections, but now in a private library in America, is known to exist.
In the meantime George Chapman bad finished the poem-
The poem was very popular and was reprinted in 1600,
The present edition is a page for page reprint of the fine and perfect Museum copy of Linley's edition (C: 40 e. 68 (1)) except that certain leaves which in the original have been bound up in the wrong place have here been printed in their proper order and the position of some lines at the end of the Second Sestyad has been altered (See note at the end of the volume).
The emendations in the text and the authority for them are noted at the end of the volume, except that a few obvious misprints, such as “Heor” for “Hero,” have been silently cor
· rected. Whilst it is now recognized that the system of punctuation in the 16th and 17th centuries was rather different to that of our day, there can be no doubt that printers occasionally either supplied their own stops or were careless in their printing, and a certain number of changes have been deemed necessary. They have been made only where the sense required it and the punctuation of the original appeared to have neither grammatical nor rhetorical object.
For the readings of Blount's edition we are indebted to the Clarendon Press edition of Marlow.