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

In seeing the 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 iv its order will the sooner enable the student to find out its mistakes. (M, stands for “mentioned by Francis Meres in

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

Shakespeare 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

Dute.

Earliest
Allusion.

Date of
Publication,

1585-7 (?) 1588

1588-9

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

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
(6) Troilus and Cressida, begun
(?) Lucrece
Romeo and Juliet:
(1) A Lover's Complaint
Richard II.
Richard III.
2 & 3 Henry VI. re-cast
John

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

1589-91
1590-1

1590-2
(?) 1590-2

1623
1600
1623
1623

1594

1594
1597

(?) 1591-3

1595 M

? 1595 M
? 1595 M

1593-4

1594
(?) 1594-5

1595

1597
1597
1623
1623

1598 M

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

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SECOND PERIOD. Merchant of Venice

(?) 1596

1598 M Taming of the Shrew, part : () 1596-7 1 Henry IV.

1596-77 1598 M 2 Henry IV.

1597-81 1598 M Merry Wives

1598-9 1602 Henry V.

15991 1599 Much Ado

1599-16001 1600 As you Like it

16001 1600 Twelfth Night

16011 1602 All's Well (?L's. L. Wonne re-cast) 1601-2 Sonnets.

(?) 1592-1602 1598 M

1600+ 1623* 1) 1598 1600 1602 1600 1600 16238 1623 1623 1609

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