Tales — “The Hundred Merry,” MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, ii. 1. 113. This work—A C. Mery Talys—was not known to exist till 1815, when a large portion of an undated edition of it (forming the pasteboard covers of an old volume) was discovered by the Rev. J. J. Conybeare, and reprinted the same year in Singer's Shakespeare's JestBook; and, a comparatively short time ago, a complete copy of an edition dated 1526 was found in the Royal Library of the University of Göttingen by Dr. Herman Oesterley, who put forth a careful reprint of it in the year 1866. Both the old editions are from the press of Rastell, but differ very considerably in the text. Dr. Oesterley has been at great pains in tracing the sources of these tales: many of them, however, are unquestionably original. The collection, with all its nonsense, is amusing enough; that it should have a sprinkling of indecency was only to be expected.
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