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Creator: Gabriel Harvey
Title: SPEGHT'S 'CHAUCER'. Thomas Speght's edition of The Workes of... Chaucer, 1598, with autograph notes by Gabriel Harvey, including (f. 422b) the earliest known reference to Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Date: 1598-1913 
Repository: The British Library, London, UK
Call number and opening: Add. MS 42518, fol. 422v 
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Heather Wolfe, "Manuscript marginalia: Gabriel Harvey refers to Hamlet, Lucrece, and Venus and Adonis," Shakespeare Documented,

British Library, Add. MS 42518, folio 422 verso. See Shakespeare Documented