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(Collier, John Payne) Singer, Samuel Weller. The Text of Shakespeare Vindicated from the Interpolations and Corruptions Advocated by John Payne Collier Esq. in His Notes And Emendations. London: William Pickering, 1853. First Edition. 8vo., xix, [1], 312, [2]pp.

First Edition of this work by Singer which constitutes the earliest attack on the genuineness of the manuscript corrections in the so-called Perkins folio. Singer, respecting Collier's reputation as a Shakesperian scholar, does not accuse Collier outright but suggests, perhaps, gullibility:

I should have thought that Mr. Collier, in the same manner, meant to mystify the Shakespearian Scaligers of this age by the publication of his volume of "NOTES and EMENDATIONS;" but as he had formerly evinced such praiseworthy respect for the remains of our great poet, and had been such a staunch defender of the integrity of the old text, I could not bring myself to believe that he would indulge in a hoax which might lead to mischievous results. I am constrained, therefore, to imagine it possible that he has himself been made the victim... (p. v)
Collier was not publicly accused until Andrew Edmund Brae's, Anonymous, 1855 publication of Literary Cookery with Reference to Matter Attributed to Coleridge and Shakespeare. A Letter Addressed to "The Athenaeum"; with a Postscript Containing Some Remarks Upon the Refusal of That Journal to Print It.

Subjects:
Collier, John Payne, 1789-1883. Notes and emendations.
Literary forgeries and mystifications -- History -- 19th century.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Forgeries.
Singer, Samuel Weller, 1783-1858.

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