This play appeared in print in 1600, with a title page reading The most Excellent History of the Merchant of Venice. With the Extreame Cruelty of Shylocke the Iew towards the said Merchant, in cutting a just Pound of his flesh: And the obtaining of Portia, by choyse of three Chests. Written by W. Shakespeare. On the next leaf, the play’s story is introduced not as most Excellent but as comicall. History has since made its story less comical, which is why the play receives extended attention here.
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