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Documents contributed by Folger Shakespeare Library

Matthew Law published the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of Henry IV Part 1.
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.
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.
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.
The London Prodigal was published in 1605 attributed to William Shakespeare, as performed by the King’s Men.