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T will appear to any one who will give him
self the trouble of examination, that no fair and exact collation of Shakespeare hath presented to the public. Great were the hopes that Mr. Capeľs edition would have at length gratified their curiosity, in giving them with his text, the various readings of the old: ediţions in one view, that every reader might be furnished with materials to judge, and that wșih ease and readiness, what might be Shakespeare's, and what not. But so far from such a desirable end being answered by his edition, we are only farther led in the dark thereby ; and are held in trust for notes, which might much better have been inferted with the text. But he was afraid his notes placed with the text should spoil the beauty of the book.
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not: for that man must be greatly mistaken in his ideas of beauty, who prefers the handsome - appearance of a page in black and white, to the quick and easy information of his readers in matters necessary to be known for their becoming proper judges of the sense of the author, and the goodness of the edition, Would not Mr. Capel's readers have been much more obliged to him, if with the text he had given his notes, which (supposing them valuable) would, in such a fituatioh, have had additional value, in being easily
perúñoithotişāouble of turning over pages. #i. jäänäng, for a longer time than was necessary:thoriway through the author? for this will be the case when his notes do ap
His method in compiling the text was ts print after what he thought the best edition of each play, with such alterations as he saw fit to make, giving notice what those asterations were.