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Johnson's Shakespeare was 1st contemplated in
1745, when the lexicographer issued his
pamphlet on Macbeth. In 1756 Johnson published
proposals for a new Shakespeare + began
taking subscriptions for the work, to be published
by Christmas, 1757. Numerous delays occurred,
+ Johnson was publicly taunted for his
procrastination. Finally the presented (1765)
was released. The preface immediately attracted
admiration. Adam Smith called it "the most
manly piece of criticism that was ever published
in any country."

HEHL 47282 -- Hamlet. A Tragedy in 5 Acts 12 mo 72 pages
By William Shakespare as performed at a Theatre
in Boston
Boston: Printed for David West, No. 36 Marlborough
Street + John West, No. 75 Cornhill
HEHL 122606 -- Twelfth Night or What You Will - a comedy in 5 Acts
- non-dated (1794) 12 mo 60 pp.
- either 1st or 2nd American ed. of
any Shakespare play.

In 1797 John West of Boston issued a catalogue
of books published in America - the earliest book
trade bibliography. 36 octavo pages with
more than 600 titles.

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