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Excerpt from The Royall King and Loyall Subject Written by Thomas Heywood Reprinted From the Quarto of 1637, and Edited With Introduction and Notes
Of the two, Dilke's is the more accurate, though there are occasional bad misprints. The Pearson edition is fairly exact, attempting as it does to reproduce the spelling and punctuation of the Quarto; but in that, too, misprints and unnoted emendations occur.
The present edition aims to reproduce the Quarto as exactly as possible, and at the same time to embody all the previous work of correction and emendation. N 0 attempt has been made to record the variations in spelling in the editions of Dilke and Collier - since they are modernized throughout - nor in punctuation, unless the sense is altered thereby. The notes of all three editions are incorporated, with ascription to the earliest in which they occur. Pearson adopts freely from both Dilke and Collier, without quotation marks, or acknowledgement of indebtedness.
The three editions have been carefully compared with each other and with the Quarto, and all emendations of word or phrase are recorded at the foot of each page. Longer explanatory and illustrative notes are relegated to the end of the play, that the text may be left as clear as possible. The lines are numbered according to the printing Of the Quarto, which includes in its numbering, stage directions, and, indeed, everything except the title at the beginning. The numbering is by acts, Prologue and Epilogue being counted separately. The quarto, a reprint Of which is here presented, is the property Of Professor F. E. Schelling, to whom grateful acknowledgment is herewith made, not only for the loan of the book, but for constant encouragement and assistance in the task of preparing it for republication.
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