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Alba. The months minde of a melancholy louer, diuided into three parts
1598

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Creator: Robert Tofte
Title: Alba. The months minde of a melancholy louer, diuided into three parts: by R.T. Gentleman. Hereunto is added a most excellent pathetical and passionate letter, sent by Duke D’Epernoun, vnto the late French King, Henry the 3. of that name, when he was commanded from the court, and from his royall companie. Translated into English by the foresaid author
Date: At London : Printed by Felix Kingston, for Matthew Lownes, 1598.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call Number and opening: STC 24096, title page & sig. G5r
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Robert Tofte
Item Title
Alba. The months minde of a melancholy louer, diuided into three parts: by R.T. Gentleman. Hereunto is added a most excellent pathetical and passionate letter, sent by Duke D’Epernoun, vnto the late French King, Henry the 3. of that name, when he [...]
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At London : Printed by Felix Kingston, for Matthew Lownes, 1598.
Repository
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
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STC 24096, title page

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Creator: Robert Tofte
Title: Alba. The months minde of a melancholy louer, diuided into three parts: by R.T. Gentleman. Hereunto is added a most excellent pathetical and passionate letter, sent by Duke D’Epernoun, vnto the late French King, Henry the 3. of that name, when he was commanded from the court, and from his royall companie. Translated into English by the foresaid author
Date: At London : Printed by Felix Kingston, for Matthew Lownes, 1598.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call Number and opening: STC 24096, title page & sig. G5r
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Item Creator
Robert Tofte
Item Title
Alba. The months minde of a melancholy louer, diuided into three parts: by R.T. Gentleman. Hereunto is added a most excellent pathetical and passionate letter, sent by Duke D’Epernoun, vnto the late French King, Henry the 3. of that name, when he [...]
Item Date
At London : Printed by Felix Kingston, for Matthew Lownes, 1598.
Repository
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call Number
STC 24096, sig. G5r

Institution Rights and Document Citation

Terms of use
Images that are under Folger copyright are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This allows you to use our images without additional permission provided that you cite the Folger Shakespeare Library as the source and you license anything you create using the images under the same or equivalent license. For more information, including permissions beyond the scope of this license, see Permissions. The Folger waives permission fees for non-commercial publication by registered non-profits, including university presses, regardless of the license they use. For images copyrighted by an entity other than the Folger, please contact the copyright holder for permission information.

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Creator: Robert Tofte
Title: Alba. The months minde of a melancholy louer, diuided into three parts: by R.T. Gentleman. Hereunto is added a most excellent pathetical and passionate letter, sent by Duke D’Epernoun, vnto the late French King, Henry the 3. of that name, when he was commanded from the court, and from his royall companie. Translated into English by the foresaid author
Date: At London : Printed by Felix Kingston, for Matthew Lownes, 1598.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call Number and opening: STC 24096, title page & sig. G5r
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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. The book is now extremely rare, surviving in only two copies, one at the Folger and one at the Huntington Library. The sonnet begins “Loves Labor Lost, I once did see a Play, Ycleped [named] so.” While the play was “Comicall” to everyone else, for the poet it was “Tragick.” He complains that the acting was “not from the heart” compared to his own suffering in love. 

Last updated January 5, 2017