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P L A Y S
ACCURATELY PRINTED FROM
THE TEXT OF MR. STEEVENS'S LAST EDITION,
A SELECTION OF THE MOST IMPORTANT NOTES.
IN EIGHT VOLUMES,
PRINTED FOR T.LONGMAN, B. LAW, C. DILLY, J. JOHNSON,
G. G. AND J. ROBINSON, R. BALDWIN, H. L. GARDNER,
J. BARKER, J. EDWARDS, D. OGILVY AND SON,
* The ftory of All's Well that ends Well, or, as I suppose it to have been sometimes called, Love's Labour Wonne, is originally indeed the property of Boccace, but it came immediately to Shakspeare from Painter's Giletta of Narbor, in the Firft Vol. of the Palace of Pleafure, 4to: 1566, p. 88.
FARMER: Shakspeare is indebted to the novel only for a few leading circumAances in the graver parts of the piece. The comic business appears to be entirely of his own formation. STEÈVENS.
This comedy, I imagine, was written in 159€. See An Attcmpt to afcertain tbe Order of Shakspeare's Plays, Vol. I. MALONE.