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PLINY JUN'.

Some select Epistles of Pliny the Younger into Eng. by Abr. Flemming, 4to. Lond.

POMPONIUS MELA.

Pomponius Mela, by A. Golding, 4to.

PLINY.

1576

1590

Pliny's Nat. Hist. by Dr. Phil. Holland, fol. 1601

SOLINUS.

Julius Solinus Polyhistor, by A. Golding, 4to. 1587

VEGETIUS.

The four Bookes of Flavius Vegetius, concerning martial Policye, by John Sadler, 4to.

RUTILIUS RUFUS.

1572

A View of Valiaunce, translated from Rutilius Rufus, by Tho. Newton, 8vo.

DARES Phryg. and DICTYS Cret.

1580

Dares and Dictys's Trojan War, in Verse. 1555

On the books of the Stationers' Company is this entry: "Adam Islip, 1600.] The xxxvii. bookes of C. Plinius Secundus his Historie of the Worlde. To be translated out of Latin into Englyshe and so printed."

CATO and P. SYRUS.

Caton, translated into Englyshe by Mayster Benet Burgh, &c. mentioned by Caxton.

Cathon [Parvus and Magnus] transl. &c. by Caxton

14831 Preceptes of Cato, with Annotations of Erasmus, &c. 24mo. Lond. 1560 and 1562 Catonis Disticha, Latin and English, small 8vo. Lond.

1553

Ames mentions a Discourse of Human Nature, translated from Hippocrates, p. 428; an Extract from Pliny, translated from the French, p. 312; Esop, &c. by Caxton and others; and there is no doubt, but many Translations at present unknown, may be gradually recovered, either by industry or accident.

Probably this was never printed.

There is an entry of Caton at Stationers' Hall in 1591 byAdams, in Eng. and Lat. Again, in the year 1591 by Thomas Orwin. Again, in 1605, "Four Bookes of morall Sentences, entitled Cato, translated out of Latin into English by J. M. Master of Arts."

9.66 Æsop's Fables in Englyshe" were entered May 7th, 1590, on the books of the Stationers' Company. Again, Oct. 1591. Again, Esop's Fables in Meter, Nov. 1598. Some few of them had been paraphrased by Lydgate, and I believe are still unpublished. See the Brit. Mus. Harl. 2251.

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It is much to be lamented that Andrew Maunsell, a bookseller in Lothbury, who published two parts of a catalogue of English printed books, fol. 1595, did not proceed to his third collection. This according to his own account of it, would have consisted of "Grammar, Logick, and Rhetoricke, Lawe, Historie, Poetrie, Policie," &c. which, as he tells us, " for the most part concerne matters of delight and pleasure."

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EXTRACTS OF ENTRIES

119

ON THE

BOOKS OF THE STATIONERS' COMPANY.

N. B. The terms book and ballad were anciently used to signify dramatick works, as well as any other forms of composition; while tragedy and comedy were titles very often bestowed on novels of the serious and the lighter kind. STEEVENS.

A Charter was granted to the Company of Stationers on the 4th of May, 1556, (third and fourth of Philip and Mary,) and was confirmed by Queen Elizabeth in 1560.

The first volume of these Entries has been either lost or destroyed, as the earliest now to be found is lettered B.3 The hall was burnt down in the fire of London. The entries began July 17, 1576.

1562.

[+Recevyd of M. Tottle for his licence for pryntinge of the tragicall History

of the Romeus and Juliett with

Sonnettes.

A. fol. 86. a.]

• Since this was written, the first volume, marked A, has been found. MALONE.

This article, within crotchets, is from Vol. I. which (as Mr. Malone observes) has since been discovered. STEEVENS.

Again, Feb. 18, 1582.

Vol. B.

p. 193.

C. p. 12. b.

5

M. Tottell.] Romeo and Juletta.
Again, Aug. 5, 1596,-as a newe ballad, for

Edward White.

April 3, 1592.

Edw. White.] The tragedy of Arden of
Feversham and Black Will.

April 18, 1593.

Rich. Feild.] A booke entitled Venus and

Adonis."

286

297 b.

This and the foregoing are perhaps the original works on which Shakspeare founded his play of Romeo and Juliet.

STEEVENS.

This play was reprinted in 1770 at Feversham, with a preface attributing it to Shakspeare. The collection of parallel passages which the editor has brought forward to justify his supposition, is such as will make the reader smile. The following is a specimen:

Arden of Feversham, p. 74:

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Fling down Endimion, and snatch him up." Merchant of Venice, Act V. sc. i:

"Peace, ho! the moon sleeps with Endymion."

Arden of Feversham, p. 87:

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ii:

"Let death make amends for all my Much Ado about Nothing, Act IV. sc.

"Death is the fairest cover for her shame." STEEVENS.

7 The last stanza of a poem entitled Mirrha the Mother of Adonis; or Lustes Prodegies, by William Barksted, 1607, has the following praise of Shakspeare's Venus and Adonis:

"But stay, my muse, in thy own confines keepe,

"And wage not warre with so deere-lov'd a neighbor; "But, having sung thy day song, rest and sleepe, "Preserve thy small fame and his greater favor. "His song was worthie merit, (Shakspeare hee) "Sung the faire blossome, thou the withered tree: "Laurel is due to him; his art and wit

"Hath purchas'd it; cypres thy brow will fit."

STEEVENS.

Afterwards entered by

Harrison, sen. June 23, 1594: by
W. Leake, June 23, 1596: by
W. Barrett, Feb. 16, 1616: and
by John Parker, March 8, 1619.
Oct. 19, 1593.

Symon Waterson.] A booke entitled the
Tragedye of Cleopatra.

Feb. 6, 1593.

John Danter.] A booke entitled a noble Roman Historye of Tytus Andronicus.

Entered also unto him by warrant from Mr. Woodcock, the ballad thereof.

March 12, 1593.

Tho. Millington.] A booke intituled the firste Part of the Contention of the twoo famous Houses of Yorke and Lancaster, with the Deathe of the good Duke Humphrey, and the Banishment and Deathe of the Duke of Sufk, and the tragical Ende of the prowd Cardinall of Winchester, with the notable Rebellion of Jacke Cade, and the Duke of York's first Claime unto the Crown.

301 b.

304 b.

305 b.

* I suppose this to be Daniel's tragedy of Cleopatra. Simon Waterson was one of the printers of his other works.

STEEVENS.

Daniel's Cleopatra was published by Waterson in 1594; this entry therefore undoubtedly related to it. MALONE.

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