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Liber C
August 11 and 14,
1600

Liber C, folio 63 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. 63r

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Item Title
Liber C
Item Date
1595-1620, entries for August 11 and 14, 1600
Repository
Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber C, fol. 63r

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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. 63r

Sir John Oldcastle was entered into Liber C of the Stationers' Company on August 11, 1600. The play was entered in two parts, the first as "The first parte of the history of the life of Sir John Oldcastell lord Cobham," and the second part was entered as "The second and last parte of the history of Sir John Oldcastell lord Cobham with his martyrdom." The London printer and publisher, Thomas Pavier, entered the two titles, and Valentine Simmes printed the first quarto edition of the first part later in 1600. No manuscript or print copies of the second part are known, though the diarist Philip Henslowe, owner of the Rose, recorded at least one performance of the second part by the Admiral's Men in 1600. He may also have paid Thomas Dekker as a member of Worcester's Men to combine the two parts in 1602. In 1619, William Jaggard printed the second quarto edition of Part 1, again for Thomas Pavier, falsely dating it as having been published in 1600. The title page credits William Shakespeare as the author and it was included in the Second and Third Folios as a part of the Shakespeare Apocrypha.

Henry V is entered on the same leaf of Liber C as "The historye of Henry vth with the battell of Agencourt" on August 14, 1600. The entry shows the printing rights for Henry V and seven other titles transferring to Thomas Pavier under the authority of the Stationers' Company as books "formerlye printed." The first quarto edition was printed earlier in 1600 by Thomas Creede for Thomas Millington and John Busby. Unfortunately for them, a note on the flyleaf of the Register, dated August 4, commanded that Henry V and three other plays from the Lord Chamberlain's Men were to be "stayed," or prevented from being printed and distributed. Thomas Pavier, as seen here, was subsequently granted those printing and publishing rights. The second quarto edition was printed in 1602, again by Thomas Creede, for Thomas Pavier. The play was ultimately issued in three quarto editions before 1642, as well as included 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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                                                          1600 42 Regine                                                         63
Tho. pavier      Entred for his copies vnder the handes of mr
                        Vicars & the wardens. These iij copies
                        viz. The first parte of the history of the
                        life of Sir John Oldcastell lord Cobham.
                        Item the second & last parte of the history of
                        Sir John Oldcastell lord Cobham with his
                        martyrdom Item ye history of the life &
                        Deathe of Captaine Tho. Stucley, with his
                        Mariage to Alexander Curtis his daughter & his
                        valiant endinge of his life at the battell of
                        Alcazar        .         .         .           .       xviijd

                                               14. Augusti

Mr Burby       Entred for yeir copie vnder the handes of mr Pasvill
Walter            and ye Wardens. a booke called Euery man 
Burre              in his humour      .        .         .        .       .        .      vjd

mr Burbie       Entred for his copie vnder ye handes of Mr
                       Harsnet, and ye wardens. The famous
                       Tragicall history, of ye Tartarian Crippell
                       Emperour of Constantinople       .        .        .         .        .      .      vjd

Thomas         Entred for his Copyes by Direction 
Pavyer           of mr white warden vnder his
                      hand wrytinge. These Copyes
                      followinge beinge thinges formerlye
                      printed & sett over to the sayd Thomas
                      Pavyer. viz
                      The Pathway to knowledge      .        .       .       .       .      vjd
                      The historye of Henry the Vth with 
                      the battell of Agencourt .        .         .        .         .        .   vjd
                      The Spanishe Tragedie    .        .         .        .        .        .  vjd
                      An Interlude Called Edward longe
                      Shankes.       .        .         .        .        .        .  vjd
                      The fyrste parte of the gentill Crafte          .        .        .  vjd
                      An Interlude of Jack Strawe.           .        .        .        .  vjd
                      Mother Redcaps will and testament           .        .        .  vjd
                      Webbs Travelles       .        .        .        .  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), 3:169.

DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks, "1 Sir John Oldcastle," Ed. Alan B. Farmer and Zachary Lesser. Created 2007. Accessed 15 January 2016. <deep.sas.upenn.edu>.

DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks, "Henry the Fifth," Ed. Alan B. Farmer and Zachary Lesser. Created 2007. Accessed 15 January 2016. <deep.sas.upenn.edu>.

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "1183. Henry V," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 4, 1598-1602 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 98-106.

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "1211. Sir John Oldcastle," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 4, 1598-1602 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 151-7.

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