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THIRD PART

OF

KING HENRY VI.

6. The third Part of Henry the Sixt, with the death of the Duke of Yorke,” was first printed in the folio of 1623, where it occupies twenty-six pages, in the division of “Histories," viz. from p. 147 to p. 172, inclusive, pages 165 and 166 being misprinted 167 and 168, so that these numbers are twice inserted. The error is corrected in the folio, 1632. The play is also contained in the folios of 1664 and 1685.

INTRODUCTION.

NONE of the commentators ever saw the first edition of the drama upon which, we may presume, Shakespeare founded his third part of “Henry VI.:", it bears the following title :"The true Tragedie of Richard Duke of Yorke, and the death of the good King Henrie the Sixt, with the whole contention betweene the two houses Lancaster and Yorke, as it was sundrie times acted by the Right Honourable the Earle of Pembrooke his seruants. Printed at London by P. S. for Thomas Millington, and are to be sold at his shoppe under Saint Peters Church in Cornwal. 1595." 8vo. This play, like "the First Part of the Contention," was reprinted for the same bookseller in 1600, 4to. About the year 1619 a re-impression of both plays was published by T. P.; and the name of Shakespeare, as has been already observed in our Introduotion to " Henry VI.” part ii., first appears in connection with these “histories” in that edition.

Believing that Shakespeare was not the writer of "The First Part of the Contention," 1594, nor of "The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York, 1595, and that Malone established his position, that Shakespeare only enlarged and altered them, it becomes a question by whom they were produced. Chalmers, who possessed the only known copy of “The

True Tragedy,'' 1595, without scruple assigned that piece to Christopher Marlowe. Although there is no ground whatever for giving it to Marlowe, there is some reason for supposing that it came from the pen of Robert Greene.

In the Introduction to “Henry VI." part i., we alluded, as far as was there necessary, to the language of Greene, when speaking of Shakespeare in his " Groatsworth of Wit," 1592. This tract was not published until after the death of its author in Sept. 1592, when it appeared under the editorship of Henry Chettler; and what follows is the whole that relates to our

1 Chettle acknowledges the important share he had in the publica. tion of " The Groatsworth of Wit,"' in his "Kind-heart's Dream," which was printed at the close of 1592, or in the beginning of 1593. See the excellent reprint of this very curious and interesting tract made for the Percy Society, under the editorial care of Mr. Rimbault. In his address to the “Gentlemen Readers,” Chettle apologizes to Shakespeare (not by name) for having been instrumental in the publication of Greene's attack upon him.

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