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First of December, 1832, was published, Price 58. in cloth, uniformly

with the new Editions of BYRON and Scott,

VOL. II. OF A NEW AND IMPROVED EDITION

OF THE

PLAYS AND POEMS

OF

SH A K S P E A RE;

WITH A LIFE, GLOSSARIAL NOTES,

AND ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY ILLUSTRATIONS

FROM THE PLATES IN BOYDELL'S EDITION.

EDITED BY A. J. VALPY, M.A.,
LATE FELLOW OF PEMB. COLL., OXFORD.

NUMEROUS and varied as are the forms in which the
Works of SHAKSPEARE have appeared, it will be rea-
dily acknowleged that an improved edition, printed in
the same form as the most popular productions of the
present day, is still a desideratum.

The text of Malone, as published in 1821, in twenty-
one volumes 8vo, will be adopted; GLOSSARIAL Notes
on all obsolete words will be given; and a brief His-
TORICAL DIG Est prefixed to each Play.

In addition to the many advantages offered in the
present edition, it will be embellished with One Hun-
DRED AND SEVENTY ILLUSTRATIONS, executed
steel in the

first style of outline engraving, from the
Plates in BOYDELL'S SHAKSPEARE, which was ori-
ginally published at £95, and large paper at £190.

The attention of the youthful reader will be directed
to the most strIKING AND BRILLIANT PASSAGES by
an INDEX, which will be printed at the end of the
work, and which will form a complete reference to the
Beauties of SHAKSPEARE.

The number and excellence of the illustrations, and

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the style of the letter-press, will render the present
edition superior to any yet published; while the con-
venience and portability of the form adopted, and the
moderate terms on which it may be purchased, will
merit the approbation of every admirer of the Bard of
Avon.

Volume III. will be published on the 1st of January, 1833,
containing MERCHANT OF VENICE, MIDSUMMER Night's
DREAM, and Love's LABOR 's Lost, with the following Il-

LUSTRATIONS:

MERCHANT OF VENICE.
1. Shylock, Jessica, and Launcelot.-Smirke.
2. Bassanio, Portia, and Attendants.-Westall.
3. Shylock, Salanio, Antonio, and Jailer.-Ditto.
4. Lorenzo and Jessica.-Hodges.

MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

5. A wood. Puck.-Fuseli.
6. Robin Goodfellow.-Reynolds.
7. Titania, Bottom, Fairies, &c.-Fuseli.
8. Oberon, Titania, Puck, Bottom, Fairies, &c.--Ditto.

LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST.

9. Princess, Rosaline, &c.Hamilton.
10. Dull, Holofernes, Sir Nathaniel, and Jaquenetta.-Wheatley.
11. Princess and Ladies.-Ditto.

The succeeding volumes will be published on the first of
every Month, and delivered regularly with the Magazines.

The Work will be handsomely printed, hot-pressed, and
bound in cloth, price 5s. per volume.

The Illustrations will be printed on fine tinted paper.
The volumes will contain on the average from ten to twelve
plates, according to the number of Plays, and the work will
be completed in fifteen monthly volumes.

The Plates may be had separately at 4s. per Number.

Printed and published by A. J. VALPY, Red Lion
Court, Fleet Street; and sold by all Booksellers.

OPINIONS.

The first volume is embellished with a set of engravings in outline by Starling, from the famous illustrations published by Boydell. The typography is neat and clear; and the text we assume to be correct, from the name of the editor.'—Spectator.

The volume contains a great number of illustrations, after many of our celebrated artists, executed with fidelity and truth. The whole work gives promise of a most delightful companion to every library where taste and beauty, combined with correctness of typography, form a leading object with the reader.'--Satirist.

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Looking on the work as a whole, on the portrait and the thirteen outlines, which really come for nothing, and yet stand for much, we cannot deny that this work is worthy of its source; and we have not a doubt that the public will appreciate the labor, and reward the laborers in this vineyard.'Atlas.

* Mr. Valpy has conferred a great benefit on the public hy this cheap and graceful edition of the works of the world's first wit.' Of the style in which it is got up we cannot speak too warmly. Its mechanical department, such as paper, print, &c., is perfect, and the addition of Boydell's well-known embellishments renders it the most finished work of the sort we have.'-Sun.

* The excellence of the illustrations, and the style of the letter-press, are superior to any edition we have yet seen

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