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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 prefixed 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
appellation of 'a legible edition of Shakspeare,'
The attention of the youthful reader will be
The Illustrations are drawn from the one hun-
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 Passions.Romney.
4. The Monument of Shakspeare in Stratford Church.-Boydell. 5. Shakspeare between Poetry and Painting.-Banks.
6. Prospero and Miranda before the cell of Prospero.-Romney. 7. Prospero, Miranda, and Ariel.-Hamilton.
s. Prospero, Miranda, Caliban, and Ariel.-Fuseli.
11. Prospero, Ferdinand, Miranda, Mask, &c.-Wright. 12. Ferdinand and Miranda playing at chess.-Wheatley.
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.
13. Valentine, Proteus, Silvia, and Julia.—Angelica Kauffman. . 14. Valentine, Proteus, Silvia, and Julia.-Stothard.