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TO THE LARGE PAPER EDITION.
HE FIRST EDITION of NOTES
SHAKESPEARE, AND) MEMORIALS OF THE URBAN CLUB," having been favourably received, not only by the members of the Urban Club, under whose auspices the work was issued, but by the general public, I have been induced, by the repeated solicitations of numerous applicants, to issue an EDITION, on
paper. In so doing, I have availed myself of the opportunity of revising the matter through
out the book, and of adding several occafional poems by members of the Urban Club; also many details and references in connection with the “ Notes on Shakespeare," for which I am indebted to Dr. C. M. Ingleby, M.A. Further, I have reprinted, as Specimens of Shakespeare Fabrications, some poems ascribed to the Dramatist and Anne Hathaway.
Nov. 10th, 1876.
N the occasion of the Annual Shakespearean
Festival of the Urban Club, held in the Old Hall of St. John's Gate, Clerkenwell, on the 24th of April last, I had the honour of presenting to each gentleman a copy of a small Pamphlet, entitled
" Notes on Shakespeare,” in commemoration of that interesting event. It was a compilation of a few of the best known facts and hypotheses relating to the Life, Works, and Times of the great Dramatist.
The copies were limited to the company then present—eighty in number—and the brochure is now out of print.
In complying with the wish of the members of the Urban Club that I should re-issue the "Notes on ShakeSpeare,” I have thoroughly recast and revised the com. pilation, and added a list of the Spurious Plays once attributed to Shakespeare, and many particulars concerning the Playhouses in use during the Elizabethan Era.
The “ Notes " are nothing more than gleanings from many sources, strung together into a Chronological Order. The items that are doubtful as FACTS are indicated, and in every case I have given the sources whence I acquired my information. The task I have undertaken has not been one of ease and lightness. Much labour has been expended that cannot be made manifest; but the pleasure I have derived from a careful research into the Life and Times of the great Dramatist is beyond expression.
My warmest thanks are due to Mr. J. O. HalliwellPhillipps for much valuable assistance and encouragement; also for the loan of his last great work, Illustrations of the Life of Shakespeare, Part the First, which has been of invaluable aid to me.
I have added hereto a History of the Urban Club, and an Appendix, containing a complete Collection of the Circulars and Programmes I have from time to time compiled in connexion with that Literary Association, the whole forming a contribution to the MEMORIALS OF THE URBAN CLUB.
I am deeply indebted to Messrs. Hain Friswell, Henry Marston, Jonas Levy, Horace Green, W. Sawyer, Charles Braid, Effingham Wilson, and Dr. J. E. Carpenter, for many items of information regarding the early history of the Club; to Mr. E. L. Blanchard, for his kindness in reading the proof-sheets, and to Sir Edmund Lechmere, Bart. (the owner of St. John's Gate), for many of the illustrations used in this work.
July 8th, 1876.