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Liber C
July 26,
1602

Liber C, folio 84 verso

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Creator: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Title: Liber C
Date: 1595-1620
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber C, fol. 84v

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Item Title
Liber C
Item Date
1595-1620, entry for July 26, 1602
Repository
Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber C, fol. 84v

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The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers has graciously contributed the above image from their collections to Shakespeare Documented under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license. For any further use, visitors should contact the Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers at clerk@stationers.org.

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Creator: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Title: Liber C
Date: 1595-1620
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber C, fol. 84v

Hamlet was entered into Liber C of the Stationers' Company on July 26, 1602. It was entered by printer James Roberts, under the title "the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke as yt was latelie Acted by the Lord Chamberleyne his servantes." Although there is no record of a transfer of his rights, the first quarto edition was published in 1603 by Nicholas Ling and John Trundle, not Roberts, and printed by Valentine Simmes. Roberts printed the second quarto edition, issued in 1604, again for the publisher Nicholas Ling. Five quarto editions were printed in total before 1642, and the play appears in both the First and Second Folios.

Liber C and the other registers with Shakespeare’s works are still kept by the Stationers’ Company in their archives.
 

Semi-diplomatic transcription

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Mr Bysshop Mr                                 1602  44 Regin
Mr Man  } Wardens                                   .6.  Julij
Mr Waterson

                                                                 8 Julij
Mr Dexter           Entred for his copie vnder the
                            handes of mr Harsnett, and
                            mr Waterson Warden, a booke
                            called Mylk for children, or the
                            principles of Christian religion      .       .        .        .       .      .       vjd

                                                                 xij. Julij
Jo Harrison Jun       Entred for his Copie by aucthoritie 
sonne of mr             of this Courte to print for the         
Harrison the elder   Companie A summarie of
6d in le li                  the Cronicle of England
                                 to pay 6 in le li for euery
                                 impression             .       .      vjd

                                                                 xxvjto Julij
James Robertes       Entred for his Copie vnder the handes 
                                of mr Pasfeild and mr waterson warden
                                A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett
                                Prince Denmarke as yt was
                                latelie Acted by the Lo: Chamberleyne
                                his servantes        .        .        .       .      .        vjd

                                                                 xxixo Die Julij
Thomas Creed /     Entred for his Copie  vnder the handes of
                               Mr Harsnet & mr Man warden A
                               shorte reporte of the honorable Journey
                               in Brabant by his excellency
                               Graue Maruice lord generall of
                               the Vnited Netherlandishe provinces
                               from the 26th of June 1602 to
                               the 19th of ulye followinge 
                               Together with the takinge of
                               Helmont and of his marchinge to
                               towne of Graue /       .       .      .      .      .                vjd

Sources
Edward Arber, ed., A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London: 1554–1640 A.D. 5 vols. (London: privately printed, 1875–94), 3:212.

DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks, "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark," Ed. Alan B. Farmer and Zachary Lesser. Created 2007. Accessed 15 January 2016. http://deep.sas.upenn.edu.

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "1259. Hamlet," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 4, 1598-1602 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 241-51.

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