The Staunton Shakespeare, Volume 1, 1st Edition by William Shakespeare

By William Shakespeare

First released in 1858, this can be the 1st of 3 volumes of Howard Staunton's selection of Shakespeare's performs, with black-and-white illustrations through the prolific artist John Gilbert. Staunton's annotated version, in line with the folio and 4to versions collated with the texts of later editors from Rowe to Dyce, combines logic with meticulous learn, making it a definitive source in its day. each one play is followed by way of an advent giving information of its unique construction and booklet and the resources of its plot, severe statement, and footnotes explaining phrases and expressions. This quantity includes the 2 gents of Verona, Love's Labour's misplaced, The Comedy of mistakes, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, King John, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The service provider of Venice, King Richard II, King Henry IV half 1, King Henry IV half II, The Merry other halves of Windsor, and masses Ado approximately not anything.

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64 The note of the fine levied will be found in the Appendix. x x x ii SOME ACCOUNT OF THE this period is afforded too by a letter dated January 24th, 1597-8, from Abraham Sturley, at Stratford, to, it is supposed, Eichard Quiney, in the course of which the former writes :— " It senieth bi him that our countriman, Mr. Shakspere, is willinge to disburse some monei upon some od yarde land or other att Shottri or neare about us ; he thinketh it a veri fitt patterne to move him to deale in the matter of our tithes/' The year 1598, it is believed, witnessed the first acquaintance between Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, an acquaintance honourable to both, and which there can be no doubt speedily ripened into hearty friendship.

From a subsidy roll dated Oct. 1st, 1598, discovered in the Carlton Eide Eecord Office by the Eev. J. Hunter, Shakespeare, it appears, was then assessed at five pounds, and subjected to a rate of thirteen shillings and fourpence, in the parish of St. Helen's, Bishopsgate : " Aflid. —xiijs. "69 68 Richard Quiney was the father of the Thomas Quiney who subsequently married Shakespeare's youngest daughter. He was at London when the above letter was written, on business connected with the Stratford corporation, that borough having solicited Lord Treasurer Burghley for exemption from the subsidies imposed by the last Parlia- ment, on account of the distress and poverty occasioned in the69 town by two recent fires.

Dyce seems to agree with him, that Willy means Sir Philip Sydney, "who was a writer of masks,—who is elsewhere styled by Spenser 'gentle shepherd of gentlest race/ and 'the right gentle minde/—and who is lamented under the name of Willy in An Eclogue in Davison's Poetical Rhapsodyr/'54 In the following year, we have an indisputable and most important reference to Shakespeare. On the 3d of September, 1592, at a wretched lodging, in the house of a poor shoemaker, near Dowgate, and under circumstances of privation too dreadful to dwell on, expired Robert Greene, one of the most distinguished and favourite writers of his time.

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