I SHOULD like to express my thanks to the staff of the Folger Shakespeare Library for their unfailing courtesy and helpfulness in expediting the preparation of this edition of Peacham's writings, and particularly to the reference librarian, Miss Dorothy Mason, who was always ready with help on difficult problems, to Miss Margarita Metaxatos for checking passages of Greek, and to Miss Virginia LaMar, who read the manuscript with great care and offered valuable suggestions. I am indebted also to the British Museum for permission to reprint the apparently unique copy of The Art of Living in London. I am deeply grateful to the trustees of the Library for a grantin-aid, without which this work could hardly have been done. To the director of the Library, Dr. Louis B. Wright, this edition owes much for his interest in the subject and for his helpful advice whenever need arose.
V. B. H.