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The Tragedie of King Richard the third.
1602
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Creator: William Shakespeare
Title: The Tragedie of King Richard the third. Conteining his treacherous Plots against his brother Clarence: the pittifull murther of his innocent Newphewes: his tyrannicall vsurpation: with the whole course of his detested life, and most deserued death. As it hath bene lately Acted by the Right Honourable the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants. Newly augmented, by William Shakespeare.
Date: London : Printed by Thomas Creede, for Andrew Wise, 1602.
Repository: The British Library, London, UK
Call number and opening: C.34.k.48, title page
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William Shakespeare
Item Title
The Tragedie of King Richard the third. Conteining his treacherous Plots against his brother Clarence: the pittifull murther of his innocent Newphewes: his tyrannicall vsurpation: with the whole course of his detested life, and most deserued death. [...]
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London : Printed by Thomas Creede, for Andrew Wise, 1602.
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The British Library, London, UK
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C.34.k.48, title page

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From the collections of: THE BRITISH LIBRARY

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The British Library has graciously contributed the above images to Shakespeare Documented under a Creative Commons Public Domain Mark.

Copy-specific information
Creator: William Shakespeare
Title: The Tragedie of King Richard the third. Conteining his treacherous Plots against his brother Clarence: the pittifull murther of his innocent Newphewes: his tyrannicall vsurpation: with the whole course of his detested life, and most deserued death. As it hath bene lately Acted by the Right Honourable the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants. Newly augmented, by William Shakespeare.
Date: London : Printed by Thomas Creede, for Andrew Wise, 1602.
Repository: The British Library, London, UK
Call number and opening: C.34.k.48, title page
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This is the third edition of Richard III, printed in 1602. It is the second of two editions printed by Thomas Creede for Andrew Wise. On June 25, 1603 Wise transferred the rights to the play to Matthew Law. This edition, like those before and after 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, part of the British Library collection, is one of only four listed in the English Short Title Catalogue, which is the fewest of any surviving editions of Richard III. To learn more about this copy, which once belonged to the noted 18th century Shakespearean actor and producer David Garrick, please see the British Library’s Shakespeare in Quarto.

To learn more about the plot and early printing history of Richard III, please see the Folger Shakespeare Library's Shakespeare's World, and the British Library’s Shakespeare in Quarto.

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