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IN WEEKLY VOLUMES, price 3d.; or in Cloth, 6d.
Edited by HENRY MORLEY, LL.D.
I Warren Hastings
2. My Ten Years' Imprisonment
3. The Rivals, and the School for Scandal R. B. SHERIDAN, 4. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
5. The Complete Angler
6. Childe Harold
7. The Man of Feeling
8. Sermons on the Card
9. Lives of Alexander and Cæsar
10. The Castle of Otranto
11. Voyages and Travels
13. The Lady of the Lake 14. Table Talk
15. The Wisdom of the Ancients
16. Francis Bacon
17. Lives of the Poets (Waller, Milton, Cowley)
18. Thoughts on the Present Discontents, &c.
19. The Battle of the Books, &c.
21. Egypt and Scythia
23. Voyagers' Tales
24. Nature and Art
25. Lives of Alcibiades, Coriolanus, &c.
SIR JOHN MAUNDEVILLE
26 & 27. Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck. 2 Vols.
34. Earlier Poems
35. The North-West Passage
36. The Sorrows of Werter
37. Lives of Poets (Butler, Denham, Dryden, &c. SAMUEL JOHNSON 38. Nathan the Wise
39. Grace Abounding ..
41. The Diary of Samuel Pepys.-1662-1663. 42. Earlier Poems
43. Early Australian Voyages
44. The Bravo of Venice
45. Lives of Demetrius, Mark Antony, &c.
49. Confessions of an Inquiring spirit, &c.
I. A Journey to the Western Islands
52. A Christmas Carol, and The Chimes
54. Wanderings in South America
55. The Life of Lord Herbert of Cherbury 56. The Hunchback, and The Love-Chase. 57. Crotchet Castle
JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES
58. Lives of Pericles, Fabius Maximus, &c.
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JACOB AYRER AND "THE FAIR SIDEA," etc.
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THE TEMPEST was first printed in the First Folio of 1623. There is no record that shows when it was first acted. For various insufficient reasons it has sometimes been regarded as the last play written by Shakespeare; and it has even been supposed that Shakespeare figured his retirement from the theatre in Prospero's resolve to break his staff. It is certain that the play was not written before the year 1603, when Florio published his translation of Montaigne; for a passage in the first scene of the Second Act is evidently founded on a passage in one of Montaigne's essays as Florio translated it, and as the poet read it in his own copy, which is now in the British Museum, containing one of the few remaining autographs of Shakespeare. As to the date of the play, there is no other certainty. It is very possible that the publication in 1610 by Silvanus Jourdan of “A Discovery of the Barmudas, otherwise called the Isle of Divels by Sir Thomas Gates, Sir George