Excerpt from Hamlet: Parallel Texts of the First and Second Quartos and the First Folio The aim of the present volume is simply to place before the reader exact reprint of the two earliest Quartos and the first Folio text of Hamlet arranged in parallel columns for ready reference. Collations of other editions would, of course, also have been desirable, but a these would have inconveniently swelled the bulk of the volume, and are easily accessible in the Cambridge Edition, or in Furness's Variorum Shakespeare, they have been dispensed with. The First Quarto (Q1), of 1603, is here reprinted from the facsimile in photo-lithography by W. Griggs, reproduced from the Duke of Devonshire's copy, the last leaf, which is wanting in the Duke's copy, being supplied from that in the British Museum. Its title is as follows: The | Tragicall Historie of | Hamlet | Prince of Denmarke | By William Shakespeare. | As it hath beene diuerse times acted by his Highnesse...

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