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When Learning's triumph o'er her barbarous foes
A loose he gave to his unbounded soul,
And, passing Nature's bounds, was something more.
IN presenting the first volume of this edition of the Works of Shakspeare to the notice of the Public, the Editor deems it expedient to point out the leading features by which it is distinguished.
The text of Malone, as published in 1821, in twenty-one volumes, is scrupulously followed; and a brief Historical Sketch and Argument are affixed to each Play.
Dr. Johnson has observed in his excellent Preface, that notes are often necessary, but a necessary evil:' such only are inserted as may serve to elucidate obscure passages, or to explain obsolete words and phrases; by which the Editor hopes to obtain for his work the
The attention of the youthful reader will be
The Illustrations are drawn from the one
The number and quality of the Illustrations,
1. Portrait of Shakspeare. Frontispiece.
2. Shakspeare nursed by Tragedy and Comedy, from a
Painting by Romney.
3. Infant Shakspeare attended by Nature and the Pas
4. The Monument of Shakspeare in Stratford Church.
5. Shakspeare between Poetry and Painting.-Banks.
6. Prospero and Miranda before the cell of Prospero. -Romney.
7. Prospero, Miranda, and Ariel.—Hamilton.
8. Prospero, Miranda, Caliban, and Ariel.—Fuseli. 9. Trinculo, Stephano, and Caliban.-Smirke.
10. Ferdinand and Miranda.-Hamilton.
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.
13. Valentine, Proteus, Silvia, and Julia.—Angelica
14. Valentine, Proteus, Silvia, and Julia.-Stothard.
11. Prospero, Ferdinand, Miranda, Mask, &c.-Wright. 12. Ferdinand and Miranda playing at Chess.—Wheatley