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Hamlet, acts 1 & 2 (19  September  1794) Shakespeare, WilliamThe tragicall historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke. 1603: Ling and Trundell Quarto (first known edition, the ‘bad quarto');
1604: James Roberts 2nd Quarto (‘Newly imprinted and enlarged to almost as much again as it was, according to the true and perfect Coppie'—title page)
WG's sale catalog lists several editions of Shakespeare's plays:
Shakespeare's Plays, second edition 1632.
Shakespeare's Plays, reprinted from the original quartos, edited by Steevens, 4 vol. 1766.
Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, with notes and various readings, edited by Ed. Capell, 10 vol. 1767.
Shakespeare's Plays and Poems, with notes by Malone, 16 vo. Dubl, 1794.
Shakespeare's Plays, with Explanatory Notes, and Index, by Ayscough 1807-1790 [sic].

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