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Books of the STATIONERS' COMPANY.
A charter was granted to the Company of Station
ers on the 4th of May, 1556, (third and fourth of Philip and Mary,) and was confirmed by Queen Elizabeth in 1560.
The firft volume of thefe Entries has been either loft or deftroyed, as the earlieft now to be found is lettered B.' The hall was burnt down in the fire of London. The entries begin July 17, 1576.
1562. [+Receyvd of M. Tottle for his license for pryntinge of the tragicall Hiftory of the Romeus and Juliett with Sonnettes. A. fol. 86. a. ]
N. B. The terms book and ballad were anciently used to fignify dramatick works, as well as any other forms of compofition; while tragety and comedy were titles very often bestowed on novels of the ferious and the lighter kind. STEEVENS.
Since this was written, the first volume, marked A, has been found. MALONE.
6 This article,' within crotchets, is from Vol. I. which (as Mr. Malone obferves) has fince been difcovered. STEEVENS.