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In 1608, Thomas Pavier published the first quarto of A Yorkshire Tragedy bearing the attribution “Acted by his Maiesties Players at the Globe. / Written by VV.
Gervase Markham and Lewis Machin’s play The Dumbe Knight, first printed in 1608, both refers to and quotes from Shakespeare’s popular poem Venus and Adonis on folio F1r.
Arthur Johnson published The Merry Devil of Edmonton in 1608, declaring the play to “hath beene sundry times Acted, / by his Maiesties Seruants, at the / Globe, on the banke-side.” In the 1630s, the play was bound in a volume of eight quartos in the library of King Charles I
First published in 1609, Pericles was among the most popular plays in print during the early 17th century, with a total of six editions published by 1635.
At first glance, this copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, also published in 1609, might look just like the copy at the University of Manchester Library. However, there is a slight difference in the second-to-last line of the imprint.