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The tragedie of King Richard the second.
1615

STC 22312 copy 2, title page

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Creator: William Shakespeare
Title: The tragedie of King Richard the second: with new additions of the Parliament sceane, and the deposing of King Richard. As it hath been lately acted by the Kinges Maiesties seruants, at the Globe. By William Shake-speare.
Date: At London : printed [by Thomas Purfoot] for Mathew Law, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Foxe, 1615.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 22312 copy 2, title page
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Item Creator
William Shakespeare
Item Title
The tragedie of King Richard the second: with new additions of the Parliament sceane, and the deposing of King Richard. As it hath been lately acted by the Kinges Maiesties seruants, at the Globe. By William Shake-speare.
Item Date
At London : printed [by Thomas Purfoot] for Mathew Law, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Foxe, 1615.
Repository
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, USA
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STC 22312 copy 2, 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: The tragedie of King Richard the second: with new additions of the Parliament sceane, and the deposing of King Richard. As it hath been lately acted by the Kinges Maiesties seruants, at the Globe. By William Shake-speare.
Date: At London : printed [by Thomas Purfoot] for Mathew Law, and are to be sold at his shop in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Foxe, 1615.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 22312 copy 2, title page
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Matthew Law published a fifth quarto edition of Richard II in 1615, seven years after the previous edition, this time working with the printer Thomas Purfoot.

Law reused the new title page constructed for the second issue of the previous edition, which advertised “new additions of the Parliament sceane, and the deposing of King Richard,” and the play’s performance “As it hath lately been acted by the Kinges Majesties servants, at the Globe.” Like the two issues of the fourth edition, the fifth edition features a shorter version of the “deposition scene” than would later be printed in the Shakespeare First Folio (1623). Due to its potentially controversial content, the absence of this “deposition scene” in the first three quarto editions has led critics to debate the possible censorship and revision of Shakespeare’s plays.

With its fifth edition, Richard II enters a rather small group of professional early modern plays that were printed as many as five times by 1615. Three were by Shakespeare: Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, and Richard III. The remaining three were all published without an ascribed author: The Spanish Tragedy, If You Know Not Me, You Know Nobody, and Mucedorus. As with Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 and Richard III were also originally published by Andrew Wise and then later by Matthew Law.

The copy shown above is one of thirteen listed in the English Short Title Catalogue, and is part of the Folger Shakespeare Library collection. It was once owned by the antiquarian and scholar James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps. Inscribed on an endleaf is the note: “Halliwell's Sale 13 June 1859 Lot 339 ... .” It was later purchased by the architect and antiquarian Sir William Tite.

To learn more about this play, see the Folger's page on Richard II, and the British Library’s Shakespeare in Quarto, which also includes information about another copy of this edition.

 

Written by Manuel Jacquez

Sources

Charles R. Forker, ed., King Richard II (London: Arden Shakespeare, 2002).

Cyndia Susan Clegg, “‘By the choise and inuitation of al the realme’: Richard II and Elizabethan Press Censorship,” Shakespeare Quarterly 48 (1997), 432-48.

DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks. Ed. Alan B. Farmer and Zachary Lesser. Created 2007. <deep.sas.upenn.edu>

English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC). British Library. <estc.bl.uk>

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Last updated February 23, 2017