Shakespeare's early editions
often featured a mouth-watering subtitle.
The title page reminds readers that
this play is about
more than Antonio, the Merchant of Venice himself.
There's also a thrilling
test of virtue between three princes
- the prize here being Portia's hand in marriage.
But the printer keeps
the largest text for the main attraction [prejudices like
this were then widespread]:
"...the extreme cruelty of Shylocke the Jew towards
the saide Merchant, in cutting a just pound of his fleshe."
here to read more from the Merchant of Venice]