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In bringing forth a handsome and a cheap edition of that illustrious British poet, there needs not any apology on the motives of such a task at present, as it has lately been considered a real want by Shakspeare's numerous admirers on the continent, whose wishes will be answered herewith most satisfactorily.
The correctness and integrity of the text (a thing not seldom neglected by German editors of foreign literature) has been aimed at as a principal object, and every competent critick will readily allow, that the care bestowed upon this topic is visible throughout the work. Besides those editions mentioned on the title it was not omitted to consult several other sources, and to compare the difference of reading and writing, in order to try every expedient for doing justice to our duty. At the same time it will be acknowledged that. the clearness of the characters and the fineness of the paper, stands not behind any of the smaller original editions, and even ranks above some of them on account of its legibility. The size chosen, offered the only means to reduce the rich contents to this very number of sheets and to render the unparalleled cheapness of the price ever practicable.
By many of the proprietors of this present volume it will be learned with satisfaction, that the undersigned is just preparing for publication an