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XI. The Text of Shakespeare

§ 15. Johnson’s edition

Nearly twenty years elapsed before another edition appeared. But there were two men busy with the text, in the interval. One was Samuel Johnson; though his critics were wondering when the subscribers would get their book. It appeared, at last in 1765. The text was based on Warburton’s edition; but all his [char] were carefully excised. Ill as Johnson was equipped physically for the arduous work of collating texts, he was responsible for restoring many readings from the old copies, which had escaped Theobald’s vigilance. Some of these are of the minutest character (such as “momentany” for “momentary,” “fust” for “rust”). He also brought back several passages from the quartos, which were wanting in the folio. He made no striking conjectures, but several useful emendations by him have passed into the text of to-day. He was attacked with uncalled-for vehemence by William Kenrick, who undertook to expose his “ignorance or inattention.” As a matter of fact, Johnson’s text had a distinct value, due to his own restorations; this, however, was speedily eclipsed by the publication of Capell’s edition in 1768.