Section from the title-page of the Merchant of Venice, which reads as follows: "The Excellent History

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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."

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