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The first description of a performance of Love’s Labor’s Lost appears in a sonnet sequence by Robert Tofte printed in 1598, the same year the play was first published.
In “A Remembrance of some English Poets,” the poet Richard Barnfield praises Edmund Spenser, Samuel Daniel, Michael Drayton, and Shakespeare.
This edition of Henry IV Part 1 survives only as a single gathering of four leaves from a copy of the quarto published in 1598.
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February 4, 1598
A survey of those within the borough of Stratford-upon-Avon, holding quantities of "corne and malt" including Shakespeare
In this 1598 survey of those storing grain in Stratford-upon-Avon, “W[illia]m Shackesp[ear]e” is listed as holding 10 quarters of malt.
Richard III was an immediate success in the bookshops of London. Andrew Wise published the first edition in 1597, and copies seem to have sold out very quickly, since he published the play again the next year, in 1598, as shown here.
November 24, 1598
Letter from Daniel Baker to Richard Quiney including a possible reference to the money with which William Shakespeare’s help might be procured
While in London during the autumn of 1598, Richard Quiney received at least four letters from Daniel Baker, written on October 17, October 26, November 13 and November 24, the last of which is shown here. Baker addresses Quiney as his uncle, and refers to Quiney’s wife as his aunt.
ca. November 4, 1598
Letter from Adrian Quiney to his son Richard Quiney including a reference to possible negotiations with William Shakespeare on financial matters
While in London in the autumn of 1598, Richard Quiney received five letters from his father Adrian. Four are dated (October 20 and 29, November 10 and 18).
This edition of Henry IV Part 1 is the earliest printed version of the play to survive fully intact.
January 24, 1598
Letter from Abraham Sturley to Richard Quiney, including a mention that William Shakespeare was contemplating a purchase of land in Stratford-upon-Avon
In this letter, dated January 24, 1598, Abraham Sturley wrote to fellow Stratford townsman Richard Quiney about several town matters, including a rumor regarding Shakespeare’s intent to purchase land.