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The tragedie of King Richard the Third.
1622

STC 22319, title page

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Creator: William Shakespeare
Title: The tragedie of King Richard the Third. Contayning his treacherous plots against his brother Clarence: the pittifull murder of his innocent nephewes: his tyrannicall vsurpation: with the whole course of his detested life, and most deserued death. As it hath been lately acted by the Kings Maiesties Seruants. Newly augmented. By William Shake-speare.
Date: London : Printed by Thomas Purfoot, and are to be sold by Mathew Law, dwelling in Pauls Church-yard, at the signe of the Foxe, neere S. Austines gate, 1622.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 22319, title page
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William Shakespeare
Item Title
The tragedie of King Richard the Third. Contayning his treacherous plots against his brother Clarence: the pittifull murder of his innocent nephewes: his tyrannicall vsurpation: with the whole course of his detested life, and most deserued death. As [...]
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London : Printed by Thomas Purfoot, and are to be sold by Mathew Law, dwelling in Pauls Church-yard, at the signe of the Foxe, neere S. Austines gate, 1622.
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Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, USA
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STC 22319, title page

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Creator: William Shakespeare
Title: The tragedie of King Richard the Third. Contayning his treacherous plots against his brother Clarence: the pittifull murder of his innocent nephewes: his tyrannicall vsurpation: with the whole course of his detested life, and most deserued death. As it hath been lately acted by the Kings Maiesties Seruants. Newly augmented. By William Shake-speare.
Date: London : Printed by Thomas Purfoot, and are to be sold by Mathew Law, dwelling in Pauls Church-yard, at the signe of the Foxe, neere S. Austines gate, 1622.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 22319, title page
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This is the sixth edition of Richard III, printed in 1622 for Matthew Law. However, Thomas Creede, the printer for the second through fifth editions, died in 1616 and Law turned to Thomas Purfoot to print this edition. This edition, like those before it, is substantially the same as the first edition; a different version was used for the text in the First Folio.

The copy shown above is owned by the Folger Shakespeare Library, and is one of seven listed in the English Short Title Catalogue. Previously part of the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, a noted early 19th century rare book and manuscript collector, it was purchased by Henry Folger in 1920 from the New York bookseller Gabriel Wells.

To learn more about the plot and early printing history of Richard III, please see the Folger’s Shakespeare's Works and the British Library’s Shakespeare in Quarto, which also contains information about additional copies of this edition.

Written by Folger Shakespeare Library staff

Sources
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare,
 eds. Michael Dobson and Stanley Wells, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), s.v. "Richard III." 

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue, Vol. III: 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), s.v. "950. Richard III." 

Last updated February 23, 2017