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P. 102, note*.
When this note was printed, the Third Volume of The Cambridge Shakespeare had not been published; and I therefore could not avail myself of the following piece of information (interesting only to a few bibliographers) which is contained in the Preface to it:
"From a minute comparison of this Quarto edition [of The Taming of the Shrew, 1631] with the First Folio, extending to points which are necessarily left unrecorded in our notes, we have come to the conclusion that the Quarto was printed from the Folio. It is necessary to mention this, because Mr. Collier, in the second edition of his Shakespeare, maintains that the Quarto was printed long before 1623, perhaps as early as 1607 or 1609; that its publication had been in some way 'stayed' by the intervention of the author, on behalf of himself and the company to which he belonged; and that, having in consequence been laid aside for a number of years, some copies of it, remaining in the hands of Smithwicke the stationer, were issued in 1631, as if it had been then first published.' Mr. Collier also conjectures that the title-page was struck off long subsequent to the printing of the body of the comedy to which it is attached.' That this could not have been the case appears from an examination of Capell's copy, the only one known to us which has the title-page perfect. In this the title forms part of the first quire, and has not been inserted. The paper on which it is printed is the same as that used for the rest of the play, the wire-marks corresponding throughout. The passages from the Quarto and Folio which Mr. Collier quotes in support of his theory seem to us to make strongly against it."
"Make feasts, invite friends, and proclaim the banns;"
This reading was introduced by me into the text before I was aware of what I now learn from a note of the Cambridge Editors,-that I had been anticipated in the correction by an anonymous conjecturer.