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BY

SAM. JOHNSON & GEO. STEEVENS,

A N D

THE VARIOUS COMMENTATORS,

UPON THE

MERCHANT of VENICE,

WRITTEN BY

WILL. SHAKSPERE.

SIC ITUR AD ASTRA.

VIRG.

LONDON:

Printed for, and under the Direction of,
John Bell, British Library, STRAND,
Bookseller to His Royal Highness the PRINCE OF WALIS.

M DCC LXXXVII.

ANNOTATIONS

UPON THE

MERCHANT of VENICE.

Dramatis Persona. ]

In the old editions in quarto, for J. Roberts, 1600, and in the old folio, 1623, there is no enumeration of the persons. It was first made by Mr. Rowe.

JOHNSON Line 6. Salanio.] It is not easy to determine the orthography of this name. In the old editions the owner of it is called-Salanio, Salino, and Solanio.

10. Our author, as Dr. Farmer informs me, took the name of his Jew from an old pamphlet, entitled, Caleb Shillocke, his Prophesie, or the Jewes Prediction." London, printed for T. P. (Thomas Pa. vyer.) No date.

Steevens. 14. This character I have restored to the Personce Dramatis. The name appears in the first folio: the description is taken from the quarto.

STEEVENS. Aij

Merchant

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