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The New Shakspere Society," but which have not received the final corrections of their author.

In seeing this volume through the press, I received valuable suggestions and corrections from Mr Harold Littledale, the editor for “The New Shakspere Society” of “The Two Noble Kinsmen,” for which I thank him.

I have to thank the Director of "The New Shakspere Society,” Mr F. J. Furnivall, for permission to print the “Trial Table of the order of Shakspere's Plays," which appears

in his introduction to the new edition of Shakespeare Commentaries by Gervinus.

TRIAL TABLE OF THE ORDER OF SHAKSPERE'S PLAYS.

[This, like all other tables, must be lookt on as merely tentative, and open to

modification for any good reasons. But if only it comes near the truth, then reading the plays in its order will the sooner enable the student to find out its mistakes. (M. stands for “mentioned by Francis Meres in

his Palladis Tumia, 1598.")] In his Introductory Essays to Shakespeare's Dramatische Werke (German

Shakespoare Society) Prof. Hertzberg dates Titus 1587-9, Love's Labour's Lost, 1592, Comedy of Errors about New Year's Day 1591, Two Gentlemen, 1592, All's Well 1603, Troilus and Cressida 1603, and Cymbeline 1611.

Supposed

Date.

Earliest
Allusion.

Date of
Publication.

1585-7 (?) 1588

1588-9

1593 [(?) 1594] 1600 1598 (amended)

1589-91

FIRST PERIOD.
Venus and Adonis .
Titus Andronicus toucht up
Love's Labour's Lost

[Love's Labour's Wonne
* Comedy of Errors .
* Midsummer Night's Dream

( two dates) Two Gentlemen of Verona (?) 1 Henry VI. toucht up (?) Troilns and Cressida, begun (?) Lucrece Romeo and Juliet : (?) A Lover's Complaint Richard II. Richard III.

2 & 3 Henry VI. re-cast © John

1594 M
1598 M
1598 M
1594 M
1598 M
1598 M

1590-1

1590-2
(?) 1590-2

1623
1600
16:23
1623

1594

(?) 1591-3

1595 M

1594
1597

1593-4

1594
(?) 1591-5

1595

? 1595 M
? 1595 M

1597
1597
123
1623

1598 M

TRIAL TABLE OF THE ORDER OF SHAKSPERE'S PLAYS—Continued.

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