Excerpt from The Works of Thomas Middleton, Vol. 1 of 8
The works of Thomas Midddleton were collected in 1840 by Alexander Dyce. This edition has long been out of print, and the need of a new edition has been keenly felt Of Dyce's editorial work it would be difficult to speak too highly; he was a man of wide and accurate reading, and his critical acumen was considerable. I have, of course, made a very free use of his notes.
In the present edition are included some pieces that were unknown to Dyce. These are: (1) a prose tract entitled The Peace-Maker, or Great Britaitis Blessing, 1618, which has been erroneously ascribed to James I.; (2) A Musical Allegory, 1622 (printed for the first time), from a MS. preserved among the Conway Papers; (3) The Triumphs of Honour and Virtue, 1622, reprinted from the Shakespeare Society's Papers. I have also included a slight tract relating to Sir Robert Sherley, which Dyce rejected on insufficient information. The two parts of The Honest Whore will be printed hereafter among Dekker's works.
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