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THE TEXT CAREFULLY RESTORED ACCORDING TO
THE FIRST EDITIONS; WITH INTRODUCTIONS,
NOTES ORIGINAL AND SELECTED, AND
A LIFE OF THE POET ;
REV. H. N. HUDSON, A.M.
REVISED EDITION, WITH ADDITIONAL NOTES.
IN TWELVE VOLUMES,
301 WASHINGTON STREET.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by
NOYES, HOLMES, AND COMPANY, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.
UNIVERSITY PRESS :
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF RICHARD II.
The earliest notice that has been discovered of THE LIFE AND DEATH OF King RICHARD THE SECOND is an entry by Andrew Wise in the Stationers' Register, dated August 29, 1597. The same year was published a quarto pamphlet of thirty-seven leaves, with a title-page reading as follows : “ The Tragedy of King Richard the Second : As it hath been publicly acted by the Right Honourable the Lord Chamberlain his Servants. London: Printed by Valentine Simmes for Andrew Wise, and are to be sold at his shop in Paul's Church-yard at the sign of the Augel. 1597.” It will be observed that in this edition the author's name was not given. In 1598 another edition was put forth having the same title-page, save the announcement “ By William Shake speare.” There was a third issue in 1608, the title-page varying thus: “ With new additions of the Parliament Scene, and the deposing of King Richard. As it hath been lately acted by the King's Majesty's Servants, at the Globe. Printed by W. W. for Mathew Law, and are to be sold at his shop in Paul's Churchyard, at the sign of the Fox.” In 1615 appeared a fourth edition with a title-page precisely the same as that of 1608, save that it lacks the printer's initials.
At the accession of James I. in the spring of 1603, “ The Lord Chamberlain's Servants” became “ His Majesty's Servants ;” so that the play was still in the hands of the same company. The u new additions” of 1608 are in Act iv. sc. 1, being a hundred and sixty-four lines, or about half the Act, and are duly remarked 'n our notes. In the folio of 1623 this play makes the second in the list of histories, has the acts and scenes regularly marked, wherein it differs from all the quartos, and appears in other respects to have been printed from the issue of 1615, with an occasional reference to some other authority. In the folio, however; several passages, comprising in all just fifty lines, are unaccountably omitted. These omissions, also, are stated in our notes as