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Liber C
July 8,
1619

Liber C, folio 303 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. 303

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
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Liber C
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1595-1620, entry for July 8, 1619
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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber C, fol. 303r

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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. 303

The Merchant of Venice was originally entered into the Stationers' Register on July 22, 1598, by James Roberts. Roberts never produced any editions of the play, and transferred the rights to Thomas Hayes on October 28 of that same year. Having published the first quarto edition in 1600, Hayes died sometime before 1619, and left the rights to The Merchant of Venice and a book entitled The Ethiopian History of Heliodorus to his young son Lawrence in an entry in Liber C of the Stationers' Company on July 8, 1619, shown above. This is possibly due to the fact that William Jaggard printed an illegal second quarto edition of The Merchant of Venice in 1619 with a title page bearing the first edition's date and printer falsely. Lawrence Hayes issued the third quarto edition in 1637, and the play did appear 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.
 

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                                                      17Junij 1619              Regni Regis 17o         303
 
Mr Hum. Lownes     Entred for his copie vnder the handes
                                  of both the wardens, Indentures to bind children
                                  apprentizes, by Direction of the Churchwar-
                                  dens and ouerseers of the poore, with the
                                  assent of the Justices of peace of seuerall
                                  counties according to the lawes in that
                                   prouided                                                                            vjd
 
 
Geo. Fairebeard        Entred for his Copie vnder the handes of
                                  Mr Tauernor and Mr Adames warden -
                                  Articles concluded and agreed vpon by
                                  the Lorde the Cardinalls, De la Roch -
                                  foucaue et De Bethvne, In the name of
                                  the king of ffrance to the queene
                                  Mother                                                                                vjd
 
                                                        1Julij 1619
Mr Browne               Entred for his copie vnder the handes of
                                  Mr Tauernor and Mr Adames warden -
                                  A booke called A Relation of Certaine
                                  worthy things of Spaine, vis, the orders
                                  military, their knighthoodes, & reuenues &c                     vjd
 
Nath. Newbery        Entred for his copie vnder the handes
                                 of Mr Dr Featly and Mr Adames -
                                 warden, A booke Called in french
                                 Bouclier de la foy, ou Defense de la
                                 confession de foy des Eglises Reformees
                                 du Royaume de France, contre les
                                 obiections du St Arnoux Jesuite, par
                                 Pierre du Moulin to be translated in
                                 English                                                                                vjd
 
                                                     6Julij 1619
Nath. Newbury       Entred for his copie vnder the handes of
                                Mr Dr Featly and Mr Adames warden
                                The Decree of the States against certain
                                Remonstrants made the fift of July
                                last past                                                                                 vjd
 
                                                     8Julij 1619
Lau. Hayes             Entred for his Copies by Consent of
                               a full Court theis two Copies following
                               which were the Copies of Thomas Haies
                               for his fathers
            G*S                       A play Called The Marchant of
                                         Venice And the Ethiopian History                               xijd
 
                                               11Octobris 1619
Nicho. Okes           Entred for his copie vnder the handes of Mr
                               Tauernour and Mr warden Adames, A
                               booke called Deckers Dreame                                              vjd
 
 

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), 3:651.

DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks, "The Merchant of Venice (The Jew of Venice)," Ed. Alan B. Farmer and Zachary Lesser. Created 2007. Accessed 15 January 2016. http://deep.sas.upenn.edu.

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "1047. The Merchant of Venice," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 3, 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 341-46.

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