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The facsimile opposite represents the title-page of the 1623 Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, in which 'The Tempest occupies first place. The photograph is made from the Elizabethan Club copy. On the page facing the title the Folio has the following note, signed with Ben Jonson's initials :

"To the Reader.
This Figure, that thou here seest put,

It was for gentle Shakespeare cut: Wherein the Grauer had a strife

with Nature, to out-doo the life: 0, could he but haue drawne his wit

As well in brasse, as he hath hit His face, the Print would then surpasse

All, that was euer writ in brasse. But, since he cannot, Reader, looke Not on his Picture, but his Booke.

B. I:

SHAKESPEARES

COMEDIES,
HISTORIES, &

TRAGEDIE S.
Published according to the True Originall Copies.

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LONDON Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed. Blount. 1623

[DRAMATIS PERSONÆ]

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Alonso, King of Naples
SEBASTIAN, his Brother
PROSPERO, the right Duke of Milan
ANTONIO, his Brother, the usurping Duke of Milan
FERDINAND, Son to the King of Naples
GONZALO, an honest old Counsellor
ADRIAN, and

Lords
FRANCISCO,
Caliban, a savage and deformed Slave hair sancitur me
TRINCULO, a Jester

Cannibal
STEPHANO, a drunken Butler
Master of a Ship
Boatswain
Mariners
MIRANDA, Daughter to Prospero
ARIEL, an airy Spirit
IRIS,
CERES,
JUNO, Spirits
Nymphs,
Reapers,

SCENE: (A Ship at Sea,] an uninhabited Island

The sease of freedom & the sense of natiero had first to gain that enormous influence which they have exercised over the thoughts A modern men since the romantic movement before the figured freel could acquire the full charm and attraction which it has for usto.

Schücking 8.253

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