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Excerpt from Othello: The First Quarto, 1622 Dezdinionye, the daughters of William Brshoppe, were baptized at St Leonard's, Shoreditch Bislioppe had evidently been to see the play. On April 3oth, 1610, it was performed at the Globe before the German ambassador and his suite; and it was acted at Court in May, 1613 2 Thrs 15 all we hear of it before the copyright entry of 1627 3 3. We have now to examine the state of the text as rt stands in the three editions here compared, the Folio of 1623 the Quarto of 1630 (q2) and the Quarto of 1622 (q1). Of these the Folio 15 undoubtedly the best text of the three, 1nd must be taken as the standard authority in any edition of Q2, though rnferror to pi, a great improvement upon wlirle Q1, though a very respectable version on the whole, is far more faulty and corrupt than either of the others Thus when the Folio requires correctron, it can almost always be corrected from Q2, and if every copy of Q1 had perrslred the critical loss would be very inconsiderable This wrll appear presently, but the fact rs the less disparagement to Q1, if it can be shown that in Q2 we merely have the former edition reprinted wirlr additions and corrections 4 Nor Is this a difficult task. Any one ho opens the two Quartos together Will be struck by their general resemblance. The stage directions, the arrangement of the lines, the punctuation, spelling ard use of capital letters, are all, generally speaking, the same, while the Folio constantly differs. L'lrerr as regards verbal differences Q2 varies from Q1 only about half as many times as the Folio does, and of these varia tions some 33 per are merely corrections of the press. Llut the origin of Oz 15 most clearly shown by the errors or. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.