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IN WEEKLY VOLUMES, price 3d.; or in Cloth, 6d. CASSELL'S NATIONAL LIBRARY.
Edited by HENRY MORLEY, LL.D. I Warren Hastings
LORD MACAULAY. 2. My Ten Years' Imprisonment
SILVIO PELLICO. 3. The Rivals, and the School for Scandal R. B. SHERIDAN. 4. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. 5. The Complete Angler
ISAAC WALTON. 6. Childe Harold
LORD BYRON. 7. The Man of Feeling
HENRY MACKENZIE. 8. Sermons on the Card
BISHOP LATIMER. 9. Lives of Alexander and Cæsar
PLUTARCH. 10. The Castle of Otranto
HORACE WALPOLE, 11. Voyages and Travels
SIR JOHN MAUNDEVILLE 12. Plays
OLIVER GOLDSMITH, 13. The Lady of the Lake ::
SIR WALTER SCOTT. 14. Table Talk
MARTIN LUTHER. 15. The Wisdom of the Ancients
FRANCIS BACON. 16. Francis Bacon
LORD MACAULAY. 17. Lives of the Poets (Waller, Milton, Cowley) SAMUEL JOHNSON 18. Thoughts on the Present Discontents, &c. EDMUND BURKE. 19. The Battle of the Books, &c.
JONATHAN SWIFT. 20. Poems
GEORGE CRABBE. 21. Egypt and Scythia
HERODOTUS. 22, Hamlet
WM. SHAKESPEARE. 23. Voyagers' Tales
RICHARD HAKLUYT. 24. Nature and Art
MRS. INCHBALD. 25. Lives of Alcibiades, Coriolanus, sie. PLUTARCH. 26 & 27. Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck. 2 Vols. 28. Essays
ABRAHAM COWLEY. 29. Sir Roger de Coverley
STEELE and ADDISON 30. Voyages and Travels
MARCO POLO. zr. The Merchant of Venice
WM. SHAKESPEARE. 32. Religio Medici
SIR T. BROWNE, M.D. 33. The Diary of Samuel Pepy..-1660-1661. 34. Earlier Poems
RICHARD HAKLUYT 36. The Sorrows of Werter
GOETHE. Lives of Poets (Butler, Denham, Dryden, &c.; SAMUEL JOHNSON 38. Nathan the Wise ..
LESSING. 39. Grace Abounding ..
JOHN BUNYAN. 40. Macbeth
WM. SHAKESPEARE. The Diary of Samuel Pepys.-1662–1683. 42. Earlier Poems
ALEXANDER POPE. 43. Early Australian Voyages
JOHN PINKERTON. 44. The Bravo of Venice
M. G. LEWIS, 45. Lives of Demetrius, Mark Antony, &c. PLUTARCH. 46. Peter Plymley's Letters, &c.
SYDNEY SMITH. 47. Travels in England in 1782 ..
C. P. MORITZ. 48. Undine, and The Two Captains
LA MOTTE FOUQUE. 49. Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit, &c. S. T. Coleridge.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 59: A Journey to the Western "Islands of} SAMUEL JOHNSON.
Scotland .. 52. A Christmas Carol, and The Chimes CHARLES DICKENS. 53. The Christian Year
JOHN KEBLE. 54. Wanderings in South America
CHARLES WATERTON. 55. The Life of Lord Herbert_of Cherbury. 56. The Hunchback, and The Love-Chase. AMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES 57. Crotchet Castle
THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK. 5€. Lives of Pericles, Fabius Mäximüs, &c. PLUTARCH. 59. Lays of Ancient Rome, &c. ..
LORD MACAULAY. 60. Sermons on Evil-Speaking
ISAAC BARROW, D.D.
35. The Noi
JACOB AYRER AND “THE FAIR SIDEA,” etc.
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Tue 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