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Liber C
August 29,
1597

Liber C, folio 23 recto

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Liber C, folio 23 recto
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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. 23r

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Item Title
Liber C
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1595-1620
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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber C, fol. 23r

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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.

Document-specific information
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. 23r

Richard II was entered into Liber C of the Stationers' Company on August 29, 1597. The title as entered reads "The Tragedye of Richard the Second". Andrew Wise, the London publisher who entered the title, began selling the first quarto edition (printed by Valentine Simmes) later that year. Simmes produced and Wise sold two more quarto editions in 1598. Overall, the play appeared in six quarto editions before 1642, as well as in 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.
 

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                                                                                                  23

                                                      22 Augusti
Mr Styrrop            Entred for his copie vnder the hand 
warden                  of Mr Dix. The victorie against         
                                    Rynebeck the xxth of August
                             1597 /  .        .         .        .        vjd

Mr Stirrop.           Item Entred for his copie any
                                   Ballad that shalbe made thereof        vjd

Jo. Danter.            Entred for his copie vnder the
                                   hand of master Peter Lyllie
                             Michaell Mumchance his
                             Discouery of the Art of chetinge
                             or false Dyce play & other
                             vnlaufull games with a discours of
                             the figginge crafte and the deceiptfull
                             practises vsed by Chetinge women &c
                             Entred also by appointment of Mr man warden        .        vjd

                                                      26 Augusti [1597]
Mr Windet           Entred for his copie The aunswer made by
                            the States to the Ambassadour of
                            Polonia
                            Entred by mr warden mans appoyntment        .        vjd

                                                      29o Augusti./.
Andrew Wise./.    Entred for his Copie by appoyntment
                             from mr Warden man / The 
                             Tragedye of Richard the Second         .         .        .         .      vjd
                                   
                                   
Entred the same daye at the hall before
                             the master and wardens a booke intituled

Raffe Jackson     Entred for his copie when it shalbe
                            Laufully Aucthorised. A true
                           declaration of 7. persons whiche in
                           ye parishe of Cleworth in Lancashire
                           were strangly & really posessed of
                           Sathan and of their deliuery by praier
                          & fastinge       .         .         .         .         .         .         .        .         .      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), 3:89.

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

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "1002. King Richard II," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 3, 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 287-292. 

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