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Documents contributed by Folger Shakespeare Library

1604
Matthew Law published the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of Henry IV Part 1.
1605
Sir Thomas Smithes Voiage and Entertainment in Rushia, printed in 1605 by William White and William Jaggard for Nathaniel Butler, includes an early reference to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
1605
The London Prodigal was published in 1605 attributed to William Shakespeare, as performed by the King’s Men.
1605
This is the fourth edition of Richard III, printed in 1605. On June 25, 1603, Andrew Wise, who published the first three editions, transferred the rights to Matthew Law.
1605
In 1587 William Camden (1551-1623), one of England’s most respected antiquaries, published his Britannia (ESTC), first in Latin, and then, beginning in 1610, in English.

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