Critical Observations on Shakespeare.
Upton, John.

London: Printed for G. Hawkins, 1746. Gilt-ruled covers, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. Armorial bookplate, and ink inscription by the same owner, dated 1836. Contemporary calf, professionally rebacked, with contemporary gilt backstrip laid down. Octavo. [4], 346, [18] pp. (Item ID: 7603)

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An interesting study of Shakespeare language, grammar, and versification, with particular attention to the relationship between the plays and the literature of Greece and Rome. Upton was trained at Oxford in the scholarly tradition of Richard Bentley (though he regards Bentley himself as somewhat devious in his methods). When this book was published Upton was Prebendary of Rochester; he later produced an edition of Spenser's Faerie Queene, and a critical work on Ben Jonson (though this is sometimes ascribed to his father James Upton).

Alston III, 82; CBEL II, 1750. Jaggard, p. 673.

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