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Excerpt from A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
It was this omission in the textual notes of the Cambridge Editors that first led to the present undertaking, which is designed to supply that want, and at the same time to make a New Variorum, which, taking the Third Variorum, that of 1821, as a point of departure, should contain the notes of the editors since that date only; in other words, to form a supplement to the Third Variorum. But it was very soon found that the extent to which the notes of the Variorum enter into the composition of the notes of subsequent editors ren dered such a plan impossible. It was therefore decided to prepare a New Variorum, superseding that of 1821 in so far as it should contain all the notes in the latter, except such as the united judgments of all the editors since that date have decided to be valueless, together with all the original notes of these editors themselves.
Of this edition the First Volume is here presented to the public and nothing more remains to be 1dded but an explanation of the plan and principles upon which it has been formed.
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