PEDIGREE: This is a collection of stories translated into English by sixteenth-century “Clarke of the Ordinaunce and Armarie”, William Painter. The first printing of volume one was, according to its colophon, 1566. There are two volumes, or “Tomes”. These tomes were transcribed, in three volumes, in the nineteenth century by Joseph Haslewood.
SYNOPSIS: Volume I contains sixty-six stories, and Volume II contains thirty-five. Familiar titles which “jumped” out at me while scanning the contents included “The Rape of Lucrece”, “Coriolanus”, “Timon of Athens”, “The Three Rings”, “The Duchess of Malfi” , and “Romeo and Juliet”.
Volume I is at Project Gutenberg : http://www.gutenberg.org/files/20241/20241-h/20241-h.htm
Volumes II and III are at Internet Archive: