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A pleasant conceited comedie called, Loues labors lost.
1598

STC 22294 copy 1, title page

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Creator: William Shakespeare
Title: A pleasant conceited comedie called, Loues labors lost. As it vvas presented before her Highnes this last Christmas. Newly corrected and augmented by W. Shakespere.
Date: Imprinted at London : By W[illiam] W[hite] for Cutbert Burby, 1598.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 22294 copy 1, title page
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Item Creator
William Shakespeare
Item Title
A pleasant conceited comedie called, Loues labors lost. As it vvas presented before her Highnes this last Christmas. Newly corrected and augmented by W. Shakespere.
Item Date
Imprinted at London : By W[illiam] W[hite] for Cutbert Burby, 1598.
Repository
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call Number
STC 22294 copy 1, title page

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Images that are under Folger copyright are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This allows you to use our images without additional permission provided that you cite the Folger Shakespeare Library as the source and you license anything you create using the images under the same or equivalent license. For more information, including permissions beyond the scope of this license, see Permissions. The Folger waives permission fees for non-commercial publication by registered non-profits, including university presses, regardless of the license they use. For images copyrighted by an entity other than the Folger, please contact the copyright holder for permission information.

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Creator: William Shakespeare
Title: A pleasant conceited comedie called, Loues labors lost. As it vvas presented before her Highnes this last Christmas. Newly corrected and augmented by W. Shakespere.
Date: Imprinted at London : By W[illiam] W[hite] for Cutbert Burby, 1598.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 22294 copy 1, title page
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William Shakespeare's name first appeared on the title pages of three plays in 1598, including this edition of Love's Labor's Lost. Fourteen copies of this edition are known to survive. The sub-title, "Newly corrected and augmented By W. Shakespere," has led scholars to speculate that there was an earlier edition of the play that has not survived. Some scholars have suggested that it might have been written as early as 1589, based on contemporary allusions within the text of the play. Whatever its date of creation, Love's Labor's Lost is the earliest Shakespeare comedy to survive in published form. This copy, one of three owned by the Folger, was acquired by Mr. and Mrs. Folger from the collection of John Gott, Bishop of Truro, around the time of Gott’s death in July 1906.

Sources

Michael Baird Saenger, "Nashe, Moth, and the date of Love's Labour's Lost," Notes and Queries 45, no. 3 (1998), 357-358.

Paul Werstine, "The Hickmott-Dartmouth Copy Of Love’s Labour’s Lost Q1 (1598)," Notes and Queries 32 no. 4 (1985), 473.

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