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WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE;
THE TEXT CAREFULLY RESTORED ACCORDING TO THE FIRST EDITIONS . WITH INTRODUCTIONS, NOTES, ORIGINAL AND SELECTED. AND A LIFE A LIFE OF THE POET,
BY REV. H. N. HUDSON, A. M.
In 11 vols., 16mo. $1 each.
(VOLUMES ONE TO SIX NOW READY.)
"Readers are so familiar with announcements of new editions of Shakespeare that they may overlook the peculiar claims of this. They consist, first, in the conscientious labors of the editor, in restoring the original text; secondly, in the discrimination and judgment manifest in the notes; and, thirdly, in the legibility, clearness, and beauty of the type, and the convenient size and shape of the volume. This edition is, therefore, not only intrinsically of superior value, but it is the most readable ever published. It is also an American edition, the first where thorough justice is done the great bard."
Home Journal, New York. "On reading Mr. Hudson's admirable preface, I was much struck with the high tone and spirit in which he has entered upon his task. The style in which the edition is brought out pleases me extremely; it is a remarkable, comfortable, cosy, readable form of volume- just such a one as we take up with delight and lay down with regret -one that can be held for hours without inconvenience, lounging in doors over the fire, or carried without incumbrance out into the fields; and this is a strong recommendation. A book, the contents of which make it our favorite and constant companion."- Extract of a Letter by Mrs. Mary Cowden Clarke, Author of the Concordance to Shakespeare.
"The introductions are delightful reading, and marked by great acuteness of thought, delicacy of sentiment, and high appreciation of the genius of the great bard. The notes, too, are just what they should be, brief, pointed, and ingenious, and explain very satisfactorily the obscure places." The Churchman, New York.
"Of his fitness as an editor, his long devotion to his illustrious subject, and his wide reputation as a Shakesperian critic and commentator, would seem to be a sufficient guarantee. And from a casual glance to the volumes before us, we can safely aver that he has well succeeded, both in his omissions and commissions. His notes are sensible and appropriate. He has made many rough places smooth, and has shown no disposition to display his own abilities at the expense of his subject. Those who regard the text alone or chiefly, will find
the edition under notice the best and most convenient extant. The volumes are of just the proper size for handling, and the notes are at the bottom of each page."— Boston Morning Post.
"We know of no better edition of Shakespeare. In its paper, typography, and wood-cuts, the present American edition is quite equal, if not superior, to the English. Great pains have been taken to render the text accurate; and Mr. Hudson has scrupulously eliminated all superfluous and merely speculative matter in the notes." - The Evening Transcript, Boston.
"Mr. Hudson has made so judicious a selection from what it was advisable to preserve from previous collections of other plays, that we have nothing but praise to bestow upon his labors. The type, too, is clear and pleasant, and the volumes not too large for the hand or the pocket.- The Examiner, London.
"For convenient handling and holding, for clearness and beauty of typography, we prefer this edition of Shakespeare to any other extant."
Washington Republic. "There is every probability that, as soon as Mr. Hudson's 'Shakespeare' becomes known, as it well deserves to be, in this country, it will meet with no inconsiderable amount of patronage here; for, in addition to what we have already said, the size, the quality of the paper, the excellence of the type, and all the minor accessories, are unquestionably in its favor."
New Quarterly Review, London.
"A most acceptable service will be rendered to the reading world, and to the admirers of Shakespeare in particular, by Mr. Hudson's labors upon this edition of the works of the great dramatist. As editions are so numerous, and discrimination between them not easy to those who have a little leisure, we may do such a service by giving them a brief idea of the merits of the one before us. It is modelled upon the celebrated Chiswick edition, published twenty-six years ago-preserving very nearly the tout ensemble of that work, but differing from it most essentially in the text and annotations. almost multitudinous corruptions which were incorporated in the Chiswick copy -- the fruits of successive editorial corrections so called — of the original text, have been expunged, and the true readings restored. The annotations are frequently entirely new, a necessity arising from the correction of the text. We have only to add, that the mechanical execution of the work is almost faultless, and that it will probably be completed during the present year."- Southern Lit Gazette.
"An edition of Shakespeare, edited so admirably as this- so convenient in its form, so elegant in its execution, and so cheap in its price-will, we hope, have a circulation over the country, corresponding to its great merits."
Graham's Magazine, Philadelphia.
"As a work for schools and families, this edition will be found better adapted than any other we have examined. The volumes are convenient in size, and the printing clear." Godey's Lady's Book.
"The same judicious style of annotation, not excessive, but sufficient for the ordinary reader, which marks the former volumes of this edition, characterizes the two before us. In point of size, goodness of type, portability, &c., this is certainly the best edition of Shakespeare, as a text for reading, now extant in the language."— Methodist Quarterly Review.
"It is, of all editions yet published, a favorite one with us, and we have some half dozen or more.” Hunt's Merchants' Magazine.
"The introduction to the several plays by the editor, Mr. Hudson, one of the best Shakesperian students and interpreters of the day, are very full, abounding in elegant criticism upon the creations of the poet's genius, and containing appropriate historical notices of the plays. Indeed, the edition is in all respects an excellent one, and notwithstanding the multiplication of copies of Shakespeare, there is ample room for the present issue, as it supplies a place not filled by any previous one."- Lowell Journal.