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1820 Excerpt: ...a copy of it printed in 1588? Bommn. Never; those
dated before 1600 are all very difficult to be procured: indeedI
never saw a copy of it sold, let the date be what it would, under
several guineas. I have fortunately two, one of them dated in 1636,
and the other as late as 1694, and I have seen a third printed as
recently, I think, as 1724. Observe on the title-page of this
edition of 1694 there is a curious wood-cut, containing a summary
of the history, like the plates to Orlando Furioso. In the
distance, as far as distance is preserved in so rude a
representation, is the sea, with a boat and child upon it; on one
side, but more in front, is a shepherdess tending her flock; and in
the fore-ground the hero in armour, and heroine in a court dress,
holding each other by the hand. The edition of 1636, which is the
most valuable, has no such ornament, and bears the following title:
" The Pleasant Historie of Dorastus and_Fawnia. Wherein is
discovered, that although by the meanes of sinister Fortune, Truth
may be concealed, yet by Time, in spight of Fortune, it is
manifestly revealed. Pleasant for age to avoyd drowsie thoughts,
Profitable for Youth to avoyd other wanton Pastimes, And bringing
to both a desired Content. T emporis jilia Veritas. By Robert
Greene, Master of Arts in Cambridge. Omne tulit punclum qui miscuit
utile dulci." London, Ste. 1636. MoivTon. The edition of 1694, I
observe, omits a part of that title, in order to make room for the
barbarous wood-cut. I also perceive at the back of the title-page
of 1694, a poem which is not in the copy of 1636. Bounnn. It is
not, and you will find that the lines are not contemptible. I
suppose the printer in 1686 did not think it worth while to insert
them, though it is unquestionably an important o...
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