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If this edition of the immortal Shakspere pofsefss any meritin
preference to its predecessors, it may be atributed tothe influence
f your illustrious paħonage zon is first being offeril to the world,
YOUR ROYAL HICHNESS was graciously pleased to countenance the under -
baking,it thence became more eminently my duty, my zat) -
to apare neither care nor expence in the execution of the work.
IIhave fortunately succeeded sofáras to render it in any degre
worthy Your Royal attention,š approbahon;, Ishall think ).
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most dutiful & devoted Jónant. John Bell.

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London Printed 1. March 1788, for J. BELL, British Library, Strand.

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After the many Prefaces contained in the subsequent pages, it will be sufficient to observe, of this Edition, that neither pains nor expence have been spared, to render it superior to every other. In point of exterior, it is believed, that it hath as yet no rival, either in ornaments, printing, or paper. In respect to its contents, it will be seen, that the Prolegomena have been diffe.. rently arranged, and considerably augmented ; the Text given with accuracy from the best readings; and the Annotations not only retrenched, where futile or needless, but interspersed with a variety of new illustrations. The present Editor hath presumed to deviate from the usual mode of printing the Author's name, by the omission of the letter a in the last syllable, viz. SHAKSPERë for SHAKSPEARE; but he thinks himself warranted in this alteration, by the fac simile of the Author's subscription to his Will, as well as by the invaria, able custom of entering the names of his family in the Register-Book of the Parish of Stratford-uponAvon. The ancient method of spelling the partial derivation of the name will equally justify the


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