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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.
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.
Alonso, King of Naples
SCENE: (A Ship at Sea,] an uninhabited Island