The Palace of Pleasure

William Painter

The Palace of Pleasure, by William Painter

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Title: The Palace of Pleasure
Author: William Painter
Release Date: January 1, 2007 [EBook #20241]
Language: English
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Elizabethan Versions of Italian and French Novels from Boccaccio, Bandello, Cinthio, Straparola, Queen Margaret of Navarre, and Others
Done Into English
Now Again Edited For The Fourth Time
[Illustration: Publisher's Device]
London: Published by David Nutt in the Strand

Ballantyne Press Ballantyne, Hanson and Co. Edinburgh and London


VOLUME I. Page Preface ix Introduction xi Preliminary Matter (From Haslewood) xxxvii Appendix of Documents Relating to Painter liii Analytical Table of Contents of the Whole Work lxiii Index of Novels xcii
Title (Facsimile of First Edition) 1 Dedication to Earl of Warwick 3 List of Authors 9 To the Reader 10 Novel I. Horatii and Curiatii 15 II. Rape of Lucrece 22 III. Mucius Sc?vola 26 IV. Coriolanus 29 V. Appius and Virginia 35 VI. Candaules and Gyges 46 VII. Cr[oe]sus and Solon 49 VIII. Rhacon and Cartomes 53 IX. Artaxerxes and Sinetas 54 X. Chariton and Menalippus 56 XI. Cyrus and Panthea 58 XII. Abdolominus King of Scythia 69 XIII. Alexander and the Scythian Ambassadors 71 XIV. Metellus on Marriage 74 XV. Lais and Demosthenes 77 XVI. Fabricius and Pyrrhus 78 XVII. Camillus and Schoolmaster 80 XVIII. Papyrius Pr?textatus 83 XIX. Plutarch's Anger 85 XX. Aesop's Fable of the Lark 86 XXI. Hannibal and Antiochus 88 XXII. Androdus (Androcles) 89 XXIII. Favorinus 91 XXIV. Sertorius 95 XXV. Sibylline Leaves 98 XXVI. Master and Scholar 99 XXVII. Seleucus and Antiochus 102 XXVIII. Timon of Athens 112 XXIX. Marriage of Widow and Widower 114 XXX. The Three Rings 116 XXXI. Borsieri and Grimaldi 119 XXXII. Alberto of Bologna 122 XXXIII. Rinaldo of Este 125 XXXIV. King of England's Daughter 130 XXXV. Randolpho Ruffolo 138 XXXVI. Andruccio 143 XXXVII. Earl of Angiers 156 XXXVIII. Giletta of Narbonne 171 XXXIX. Tancred and Gismonda 180 XL. Mahomet and Irene 190 XLI. Lady Falsely Accused 198 XLII. Didaco and Violenta 218 XLIII. Lady of Turin 240 XLIV. Aleran and Adelasia 249 XLV. Duchess of Savoy 285 XLVI. Countess of Salisbury 334 Advertisement to Reader 364

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The present edition of Painter's "Palace of Pleasure," the storehouse of Elizabethan plot, follows page for page and line for line the privately printed and very limited edition made by Joseph Haslewood in 1813. One of the 172 copies then printed by him has been used as "copy" for the printer, but this has been revised in proof from the British Museum examples of the second edition of 1575. The collation has for the most part only served to confirm Haslewood's reputation for careful editing. Though the present edition can claim to come nearer the original in many thousands of passages, it is chiefly in the mint and cummin of capitals and italics that we have been able to improve on Haslewood: in all the weightier matters of editing he shows only the minimum of fallibility. We have however divided his two tomes, for greater convenience, into three volumes of as nearly as possible equal size. This arrangement has enabled us to give the title pages of both editions of the two tomes, those of the first edition
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