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Rt. Hon. Lord Leigh.
Thomas Amyot, Esq., F.R.S.
The Rev. W. Harness.
Knight Bruce, F.R.S., F.S.A.
TAE OBJECT of the Shakespeare Society is to print and distribute to the Subscribers books illustrative of Shakespeare and of the Literature of his time.
The Advantages derived from the Society are the procuring valuable and interesting works at cost price, which, if published in the usual mode, could not be purchased for three times the amount; and also the preserving and circulating rare works, which, being thus printed, are preserved from total destruction or oblivion. It will be perceived, therefore, that members of this and similar societies receive back more than the pecuniary value of their Subscription. The books are only procurable of the Society by Members.
Admission to the Society, of any respectable person, is made by application to the Agent.
The SUBSCRIPTION is £l per annum, due on the First of January in each year in advance, on payment of which the Member is entitled to a copy of every book printed by the Society for the year for which the Subscription is made. The Subscription is payable to the London Agent, by cash or through the Country Agent, and must be made for the current year. The Subscribing for any or all of the previous years is optional.
The Affairs of the Society are managed by a Council, consisting of the President, six Vice-Presidents, and twenty-one Members: five of the latter retire every year, and the vacancies are filled up, on the recommendation of the Council, from the general body of the Subscribers, at the Annual General Meeting.
The Council meet on the second Tuesday in every month, to select and superintend the works printed by the Society; and the General Members once a-year, on the 26th of April, to receive a report of the proceedings, and elect the new Councillors.
The Editors and the Council render their services gratuitously to the Society; and every means are adopted to expend as nearly as possible the whole amount of the Subscriptions in producing books; by which course alone so many are rendered for the Subscription.
The DeLIVERY OF THE Books is made by the London Agent, to whom all communications on the subject should be made. As it is the constant object of the Council to prevent as much as possible useless expenditure, Members are requested to make a clear and permanent arrangement with Mr. Rodd, for the delivery of the books; and it is desirable that, in towns where there is not a Country Agent, a party in London be appointed to receive the publications for the Country Subscribers. The Society deliver gratis to Members within three miles of the Agent's residence, and it is a rule most strictly adhered to, that No book shall be delivered until the Subscription is paid.
CONTRIBUTIONS to “ The Shakespeare Society's Papers” are solicited by the Council-it having been deemed desirable to issue occasional volumes thus formed and entitled, in order to create a medium for preserving and distributing illustrations of the literature, which is the peculiar object of the Society.
duction and Notes by Peter Cunningham.
duction and Notes by J.0. Halliwell.
Notes by J. O. Halliwell.
Tertius, from a Manuscript. Edited by Barron Field.
tive of the Objects of the Society.
Contemporary Manuscript. Edited by J.O. Halliwell.
by J. P. Collier.
Sea, a Tragi-Comedy, by Thomas Heywood and William Rowley. Edited by Barron Field.
Norton and Thomas Sackville. Edited by W. Durrant Cooper.
IN THE PRESS.
PREPARING FOR PRINTING.
See also Report of Annual Meeting at the end of The Chester Plays, Vol. II.