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THE HASLEWOOD REPRINTS, No. 2
Printed for Frederick Etchells and Hugh Macdonald at
OF THIS EDITION, PRINTED IN ENGLAND BY THE PELICAN
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THIS IS NUMBER. 28.4......
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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 John Wolf who does not however appear to have issued an edition. In 1598 Edward Blount published the poem, which Marlow had 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 had finished the poem— it is supposed on the authority of the line in the Third Sestyad "Tell it how much his late desires I tender" that this was at the request of Marlow himself—and in the same year another edition containing the poem in its completed form, divided into "Sestyads" and with "Arguments" to each Seftyad added by Chapman, was issued by Paul Linley. Of this edition two copies discovered at Lamport Hall in 1867 are all that appear to have survived. There is a small difference in the spelling of "Leander" on the title pages of these two copies, and according to Hazlitt they vary slightly throughout. Both passed into the Britwell Court Library, one of them being subsequently sold to the British Museum, and the other going to America at the sale of a portion of the Britwell Library in 1923.
The poem was very popular and was reprinted in 1600, 1606, 1609, 1613, 1616, 1617, 1622, 1629 and 1637. Copies of all these editions are now extremely rare.
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 corrected. 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.