Editions of Macbeth which relate to specific productions of the play.
A quarto edition printed for William Cademan in 1673. The title-page is disingenuous: this is not the play that was being performed at the Duke’s Theatre. The text was copied from the ‘First Folio’ edition; the only original elements are a list of the cast and lyrics for some of the songs. (I do not know whether the bookseller William Cademan was related to the actor Philip Cademan (who played Donalbain in this production).)
A quarto edition printed for Philip Chetwin in 1674. This is the first edition of Sir William Davenant’s adaptation of Macbeth. It seems to have been produced in a hurry (the work was distributed among three compositors), and numerous mistakes – some silly, some obvious, some both – were allowed to go uncorrected. Subsequent editions are all derived from this one, and most of its errors persist. (This is the quarto used by Furness (1873).)
Chetwin’s quarto edition reprinted for Andrew Clark in 1674.
A farce staged by the King’s Men, printed in 1674. I reproduce only the so-called ‘Epilogue’, a spoof of the witch scenes in Macbeth as they were being performed at the Duke’s Theatre. The jokes have mostly lost their point, but some are still amusing. (‘By the itching of my bum’ has to be worth a smile.)
Clark’s quarto edition of Davenant’s Macbeth reprinted for Henry Herringman in 1687. I reproduce only the title-page. (This is the quarto used by Maidment and Logan (1874.).)
An edition of the play as it was being performed at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, with David Garrick as Macbeth and Ann Barry as Lady Macbeth.
Another printing of Bell’s edition, differing in many details from the first. As far as the text is concerned, there is only one large discrepancy: two lines omitted in 1773 have been reinstated here (‘know That it was he … so under fortune’).