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THE THIRD EDITION,
REVISED AND AUGMENTED BY THE EDITOR OF. DODSLEY'S COLLECTION. OF OLD PLAYS.
ΤΗΣ ΦΥΣΕΩΣ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΕΥΣ ΗΝ, ΤΩΝ ΚΑΛΑΜΟΝ ΑΠΟΕΡΕΧΩΝ ΕΙΣ ΝΟΥΝ Vei. Aut Capu't Svidin
MULTA DIES, VARIUSQUE LABOR MUTABILIS ÆVI
Printed for C. BATHURST, J. RIVINGTON and SONS, T. PAYNE and SON, L. DAVIS, W. OWEN, B. WHITE and SON, T. LONGMAN, B. LAW, T. Bowies, J. JOHNSON, C. DILLY, J. ROBSON, G. G. J. and J. ROBINSON, T. CADELL, H. L. GARDNER, J. NICHOLS, J. BEW, W. STUART, R. BALDWIN, J. MURRAY, A. STRAHAN, T. VERNOR, J. BARKER, W. LOWNDES, S, HAYES, G. and T. WILKIE, SCATCHERD and WHITAKER, T. and J. EGERTON, W. Fox, and E. NEWBERY,
M DCC LXXXV
HE WORKS of SHAKSPEARE, during the last twenty years, have been the objects of publick attention more than at any former period. In that time the various editions of his performances have been examined, his obfcurities illuminated, his defects pointed out, and his beauties difplayed, so fully, fo accurately, and in fo fatisfactory a manner, that it might reafonably be presumed little would remain to be done by either new Editors or new Commentators: yet though the diligence and fagacity of thofe gentlemen who contributed towards the laft Edition of this Author may feem to have almost exhausted the fubject, the fame train of enquiry has brought to light new difcoveries, and accident will probably continue to produce further illuftra tions, which may render fome alterations neceffary in every succeeding republication.
Since the last Edition of this Work in 1778, the zeal for elucidating Shakspeare, which appeared in most of the gentlemen whofe names VOL. I. 48040