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The Revels Book of 1604–5 shows William Shakespeare at or near the height of his success as a playwright, with seven plays and eight performances at court. Merchant of Venice was so admired by the king that he commanded a repeat performance.
November 8, 1623
Stationers' Register entry for the First Folio (16 of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies)
The First Folio, which represents the first printed collection of 16 of Shakespeare’s plays, was entered into Liber D of the Stationers' Company on November 8, 1623.