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Rt. Hon. Lord Leigh.
Thomas Amyot, Esq., F.R.S.
John Forster, Esq.
THE OBJECT of the Shakespeare Society is to print and distribute to the Subscribers books illustrative of Shakespeare and of the Literature of his time.
The Advantages derived from the Society are the procuring valuable and interesting works at cost price, which, if published in the usual mode, could not be purchased for three times the amount; and also the preserving and circulating rare works, which, being thus printed, are preserved from total destruction or oblivion. It will be perceived, therefore, that members of this and similar societies receive back more than the pecuniary value of their Subscription. The books are only procurable of the Society by Members.
Admission to the Society, of any respectable person, is made by application to the Agent.
The SUBSCRIPTION is £l per annum, due on the First of January in each year in advance, on payment of which the Member is entitled to a copy of every book printed by the Society for the year for which the Subscription is made. The Subscription is payable to the London Agent, by cash or through the Country Agent, and must be made for the current year. The Subscribing for any or all of the previous years is optional.
The Affairs of the Society are managed by a Council, consisting of the President, six Vice-Presidents, and twenty-one Members: five of the latter retire every year, and the vacancies are filled up, on the recommendation of the Council, from the general body of the Subscribers, at the Annual General Meeting.
The Council meet on the second Tuesday in every month, to select and superintend the works printed by the Society; and the General Members once a-year, on the 26th of April, to receive a report of the proceedings, and elect the new Councillors.
The Editors and the Council render their services gratuitously to the Society; and every means are adopted to expend as nearly as possible the whole amount of the Subscriptions in producing books; by which course alone so many are rendered for the Subscription.
The DELIVERY OP The Books is made by the London Agent, to whom all communications on the subject should be made. As it is the constant object of the Council to prevent as much as possible useless expenditure, Members are requested to make a clear and permanent arrangement with Mr. Rodd, for the delivery of the books; and it is desirable that, in towns where there is not a Country Agent, a party in London be appointed to receive the publications for the Country Subscribers. The Society deliver gratis to Members within three miles of the Agent's residence, and it is a rule most strictly adhered to, that No book shall be delivered until the Subscription is paid.
CONTRIBUTIONS to “ The Shakespeare Society's Papers are solicited by the Council-it having been deemed desirable to issue occasional volumes thus formed and entitled, in order to create a medium for preserving and distributing illustrations of the literature, which is the peculiar object of the Society.
Books issued by the Shakespeare Society.
FOR 1841. Memoirs of Alleyn, Founder of Dulwich College. By J.P. Collier, Esq. Gosson's School of Abuse. With Introduction, &c. Heywood's Apology for Actors. With Introduction, &c. The Coventry Mysteries. Edited by J. (). Halliwell, Esq., with Introduction and Notes. Thynn's Pride and Lowliness. With Introduction, Notes, &c. Patient Grissell. A Comedy, by Dekker, Chettle, and Haughton. With Introduction and Notes by J. P. Collier, Esq.
FOR 1842. Extracts from the Acconnts of the Revels at Court in Elizabeth and James's Reigns. With Intro
duction and Notes by P. Cunningham, Esų. Jonson's Conversations with Drummond. Introduction, &c. by D. Laing, Esq. First Sketch of the Merry Wives of Windsor. The Novels on which it is founded, and an Intro
duction and Notes by J.0. Halliwell, Esq. Fools and Jesters ; with Armin's Nest of Ninuies, &c. Introduction, &c. by J.P. Collier, Esq. The Old Play of Timon. Now first printed. Edited by Rev. A. Dyce. Nash's Pierce Pennilesse. With Introduction, &c. by J. P. Collier, Esq. Heywood's King Edward the Fourth. Plays. Two Parts. With Introduction and Notes by Barron Field, Esq.
FOR 1843. Northbrooke's Treatise. With an Introduction, &c. by J. P. Collier, Esq. The First Sketches of the Second and Third Parts of Henry the Sixth. With Introduction and
Notes by J. O. Halliwell, Esq. Oberon's Vision Ilustrated. By the Rev. A. J. Halpin. In Three Parts. The Chester Whitsun Plays. -Part I. With Introduction and Notes by T. Wright, Esq.. The Alleyn Papers, illustrative of the Early English Stage. With Introduction by J. P. Collier, Esq. Tracts by Porde the Dramatist. With Introduction by J. P. Collier, Esq.
FOR 1844. Tarlton's Jests and Tarlton's Newes out of Purgatory. With a Life, &c. by J. O. Halliwell, Esq. The True Tragedie of Richard the Third, from a unique Copy, and The Latin Play of Richardus
Tertius, from a Manuscript. Edited by Barron Field, Esq. The Ghost of Richard the Third. A Poem. Edited by J. P. Collier, Esq. Sir Thomas More. A Play. Edited by the Rev. A. Dyce. Vol. I. of “THE SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY's Papers,” being a Miscellany of Contributions Illustra
tive of the Objects of the Society. The Taming of a Shrew. To which is added, the Woman lapped in Morrel Skin. Edited by Thomas Amyot, Esq.
FOR 1845. Illustratious of the Fairy Mythology of Shakespeare. By J. O. Halliwell, Esq. A Reprint of a Unique Contemporary Manuscript, lately discovered, of the First Part and a por
tion of the Second Part of Shakespeare's Henry the IVth. Edited by J. O. Halliwell, Esq. The Diary of Philip Henslowe, from 1591 to 1609. Printed from the Original Manuscript
preserved at Dulwich College. Edited by J. P. Collier, Esq. Vol. 11. of “THE SHAKESPEAKE SOCIETY'S PAPERS.” Consisting of Miscellaneous Contributions.
FOR 1846. The Fair Maid of The Exchange, A Comedy, by Thomas Heywood : and Fortune by Land and Sea, a Tragi-Comedy, by Thomas Heywood and William Rowley. Edited by Barron Field, Esq.
IN PROGRESS. Part II. of The Chester Whitsun Plays. Edited by T.Wright, Esq. Notices of Shakespeare and liis Works, from the earliest period to the publication of the
“ Theatrnm Poetarum" in 1675; with memoranda drawn from other sources on his personal
and literary history. By Bolton Corney, Esq. A Selection from Oldys's MS. Notes to Laugbaine's Dramatic Poets. By P. Cunningham, Esq. Funebriæ Floræ. By Thomas Hall. Editing by W. B. D. D. Turnbull, Esq. Two Masques of Ben Jonson: from the Author's own MSS. Ralph Roister Doyster, the earliest Comedy, and Ferrex and Porrex, the earliest Tragedy, in the Language. Editing by W. D. Cooper, Esq.
See also Report of Annual Meeting, at the end of Henslowe's Diary. January, 1846.
The early payment of the Annual Subscription (One Pound, due in advance, on the 1st January in each year), is earnestly requested, as it enables the Council to make suitable arrangements for the year, and otherwise saves expense to the Society. Payable to the Agents only, by Cash or Post-office Order. N.B. The giving a continuous order on a banker, or compounding by the payment of £10, in addition to the Subscription for the current year, gives the greatest facility for conducting the Society in the simplest and most economical manner.