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PUBLISHED BY JOHN RUSSELL SMITH,
36, SOHO SQUARE, LONDON.
THREE NOTELETS on Shakespeare: I. Shakespeare in Germany; II. The Folk-lore of Shakespeare; III. Was Shakespeare a Soldier? By WM. J. THOMS, F.S.A. post 8vo. cloth, 4s 6d 1865
"On this subject of Shakspeare in Germany, Mr. W. J. Thoms has reprinted a paper read some years ago before the Society of Antiquaries; together with two other 'Notelets' on the Poet,- The Folk Lore of Shakspeare,' from the ATHENEUM, and Was Shakspeare a Soldier?' from NOTES AND QUERIES. Not the least of Mr. Thoms's many services to English literature is the invention of that admirable word folk-lore, which appeared for the first time in these columns only a few years ago, and has already become a domestic term in every corner of the world. His illustration of Shakspeare's knowledge of this little world of fairy dreams and legends is a perfect bit of criticism. He answers the query as to Shakspeare having seen martial service in the affirmative; and therein we think his argument sound, his conclusion right. These Notelets' were very well worthy of being collected into a book."-Athenæum.
NOTICES illustrative of the Drama,
and other popular Amusements, chiefly in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, incidentally illustrating Shakespeare, and his Contemporaries; extracted from the Chamberlain's Accounts and other Manuscripts of the Borough of Leicester, with an Introduction and Notes by WILLIAM KELLY, post 8vo. cloth, 9s 1865 Large Paper Copies in 4to. only 25 printed, half morocco, Roxburghe style, £1. 5s SHAKESPEARE'S Coriolanus. Edited with Notes and Preface, by F. A. LEO, with a quarto fac-simile of the Tragedy of Coriolanus, from the folio of 1623, photolithographed by A. BURCHARD, and with Extracts from North's Plutarch, 4to. elegantly 1864 printed, cloth extra, 15s REPRINTS of Scarce Pieces of Shakespeare Criticism: No. I. "Remarks on the Tragedy of Hamlet, London, 1736," fcap. 8vo. sewed, 1s 6d 1864 AN HISTORICAL Account of the New Place, the Residence of Shakespeare at Stratford-on-Avon, by J. O. HALLIWELL, Esq., F.R.S., folio, many engravings, cloth, £3. 3s 1864 This work contains a minute history of New
Place, from the year 1497 to the present time; an account of its locality at Stratford, exhibiting Shakespeare's social position in the Town; a discovery of the period of his final retirement to Stratford; the probable causes and character of his last illness, &c., the whole Illustrated by numerous Engravings and Facsimiles, executed on wood by J. T. Blight, F. W. Fairholt, and J. H. Rimbault, from Sketches by the two former, the Facsimiles by E. W. Ashbee.
SHAKSPERE and JONSON. Dramatic
versus Wit-Combats; Auxiliary Forces-Beaumont and Fletcher, Marston, Decker, Chapman, and Webster, post 8vo. 4s 1864 WHELER'S Historical Account of the Birth-place of Shakespeare, reprinted from the edition of 1824, with a few prefatory remarks by J. O. HALLIWELL, 8vo. front. 1s 6d 1863 SHAKSPEARE: his Times and Contemporaries, by GEORGE MARKHAM TWEDDELL, SECOND EDITION ENLARGED, Parts, 1, 2, 3, (to be completed in 10) 6d each 1863-4 THE FOOTSTEPS of Shakespeare, or a Ramble with the Early Dramatists; containing new and interesting Information respecting Shakespeare, Lyly, Marlowe, Greene, and others, post 8vo. cloth, 5s 6d
In a letter to Nicholas Okes the printer, inserted at the end of Heywood's "Apology for Actors," a treatise published in 1612, speaking of William Jaggard the writer observes, "The infinite faults escaped in my booke of Britaines Troy by the negligence of the printer, as the misquotations, mistaking of syllables, misplacing half lines, coining of strange and never heard of words, these being without number, when I would have taken a particular account of the Errata, the printer answered me, hee would not publish his owne disworkmanship, but rather let his owne fault lye upon the necke of the author."
Now, whatever reason Heywood had to feel himself aggrieved, a comparison of his Troja Britannica,*
* Mr. Dyce appears not to be acquainted with this poem of Heywood's, or he would hardly have ventured the bold assertion:
"I have therefore not the slightest doubt that wherever 'statue' occurs, while the metre requires three syllables, it is an error for 'statua.' Our old poets no more thought of using 'statue' as a trisyllable than 'stature,' a third form of the word which is not unfrequently found." Note 102. P. 217 of Vol. 5. Ed. 1864. For, notwithstanding Heywood's fretful outburst at his printer's carelessness and selfish perversity, "statue" never occurs in the Troja Britannica as a trisyllable, but it has the diæresis, e.g. :