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AN ACCOUNT OF RARE, CURIOUS, AND USEFUL BOOKS, PUBLISHED IN OR
WILLIAM THOMAS LOWNDES.
REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION.
BY HENRY G. BOHN.
IN SIX VOLUMES.
VOL. IV. P― SIM.
LONDON: GEORGE BELL & SONS, YORK STREET,
NOTICE TO THE EIGHTH PART.
THE present Part has been lingering at press for upwards of twelve months, notwithstanding that it has received more anxious and persistent attention than any of its predecessors, which were completed in half the time. The cause has been, that the portion of Lowndes on which this is based, is unusually deficient, and has required a disproportionately large number of additions, besides a full average of corrections. Indeed, the original matter has been more than doubled, as the slightest examination will show. The labour of this extensive revision has been very exacting, and no sale of the book is likely to repay even the cost of my amanuenses, much less the value of my own time; whereas, a simple reprint of the old book, however unsatisfactory in a literary point of view, would have been a remunerative speculation.
They who have taken the trouble to read my prefatory notices to the earlier Parts, will see how much more I am performing than I originally undertook; yet ever and anon I am called upon to do still more. Some requisitionists, overlooking that I limited myself at the outset to the period comprehended by Lowndes, with the intention of including later writers in a Supplement, ask me why I have omitted Dickens, Grote, Bulwer-Lytton, and many other distinguished writers of the present day? Others seem to expect that I should register every book, pamphlet, and broadside, in English literature, as well as foreign translations of them, and alsc indicate what they have sold for by auction, and where they are to be found in public libraries! A pretty task truly, which, if it could be accomplished, would occupy about fifty folio volumes, and as many amanuenses! Such suggestions do not come from practical bibliographers, but from shallow pretenders, who seek to acquire the reputatior of critics by finding fault with what they would be quite incom petent to perform.
NOTICE TO THE EIGHTH PART.
Every article of importance in the present Part has received considerable additions, of which the following may be taken as examples :-RITSON, ROCHESTER, ROYAL SOCIETY, SCHILLER, SCOTLAND, SCOTT (Sir Walter), SHAW (Henry), SHELLEY, SHERIDAN, SHIRLEY, SHORT-HAND, SIBBALD, SIDNEY (Sir Philip).
SHAKESPEARE, as a warrantable exception to all ordinary rules, has been elaborated up to an extreme point, and is a main feature in my bibliographical labours, past, present, or to come. I have not only endeavoured to record every printed edition of his works, whether published collectively or separately, but also all the volumes written respecting him, (commonly called Shakespeariana,') and all foreign translations. Besides this, I nave given new and careful Collations of the first four folios, and of the early editions of the Separate Plays and Poems, with particulars of their whereabouts as far as the most diligent research has enabled me to trace them. This labour alone has occupied all my literary leisure for many months, and nothing but the pleasure of working on so congenial a subject could have stimulated me through the task.
I close this address with the hope that I shall complete the Lowndes Alphabet before the expiration of the present year. HENRY G. BOHN,
Jan. 3, 1868.
A. The Com- P. J. Select Poems; being a passe of a Chris- Compendious and Methodical Re tian; directing monstrance of such Passages in them that bee England as have been most remarktossed in the able as well before as since his Mawaues of this jesties Restauration. 1661, 4to. Skegg, mor. 1319, 11. 2s. Another, unbound, 1320, 10s.
World vnto Christ Jesus, by A. P. Lond. 1582, STO.
P. A. See PARKINSON, A. PENNECUICK, Alex. PHILIPS, Ambrose.
P. D. M. PATTESON, Matthew. P. E.-See PHILLIPS, Edward. P. G. Libellus de Memoria, verissimaque bene recordandi Scientia. Authore G. P. Cantabrigiense. Huc accessit eiusdem Admotiuncula ad A. Dicsonum, de artificiosae Memoriae, quamquam publicè profitetur, Vanitate. Lond. 1584, 16mo.
P. G. Anti-Dicsonvs cvjvsdam Cantabrigiensis. G. P. Lond. 1584,
P. G. The present State of Tangier, by G. P. Lond. 1676, 12mo. With a frontispiece. P. G. Lex Parliamentaria. Lond. 1698, 8vo.
'A good abstract.'-Nicolson. P. G-See PECKHAM, Sir Geo. PEELE, George. URQUHART Pedigree.
P. H.-See PARROT, Henry. PEACHAM, Henry. PETOWE, Henry. PHILIPPS, H. PLATT, Hugh.
P. J. The Treasurie of commodious Conceites and hidden Secrets. Lond. 1584, 16mo.
Frequently reprinted. P.J. PERRINCHIEF, John.
P. J. A Parænetical Discourse of Marriage. Lond. 1685, 8vo.
Heber, pt. ix. 2s.
P. J.-See PENKETHMAN, John. PHILIPOT, John. PHILLIPS, John.
P. Jo.-See PETT, Jo.
P. L.-See PRICE, Laurence.
An antiquated merriment.
P. O. The Vocal Organ: or, a new Art of teaching the English Orthographie, compiled by O. P. Master of Arts, and Professor of the Art of Pedagogie. Oxford, 1665, small 8vo.
Pp. 84, with a plate.
P. P. Choice Proverbs and Dia-
Heber, pt. viii. Ss. 6d.
of Bacchus, an Opera. Lond. 1673, P. P. Ariadne; or the Marriage 4to.
With a plate. A translation from the French.
P. R. An Admonition to the Town of Callays, small 8vo. dated from Exile the 12th of April, 1557. Bliss, 81. 8.