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Liber C
January 22,
1607

Liber C, folio 147 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. 147r

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Item Title
Liber C
Item Date
1595-1620, entry for January 22, 1607
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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber C, fol. 147r

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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. 147r

On January 22, 1607, publisher Cuthbert Burby transferred Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labor's Lost, and The Taming of the Shrew to fellow publisher Nicholas Ling in an entry in Liber C of the Stationers' Company. The three titles are grouped together, with Romeo and Juliet entered as "Romeo and Juliett," Love's Labor's Lost entered as "Loues Labour Loste," and The Taming of the Shrew entered as "The taminge of A Shrewe."

There is no record of Burby entering any of these titles in the Registers previously. The Taming of a Shrew was registered by the printer Peter Short in 1594, who printed the first two quarto editions (1594, 1596), which Burby sold. However, no record of Short's transfer to Burby has been found. John Danter and Edward Allde printed and published the first quarto edition of Romeo and Juliet in 1597, but Burby sold the second quarto edition (printed by Thomas Creede) in 1599. Burby did sell the first quarto edition of Love's Labor's Lost, printed for him by William White in 1598. Although Ling never published an edition of the latter or Romeo and Juliet, he did publish the third quarto edition of The Taming of a Shrew within the year. Nicholas Ling transferred all three of these titles to John Smethwick on November 19, 1607, along with Hamlet and twelve other titles.

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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                                                                  1606  iiijto  R Jacobi                                          147
                                                                         16 Januarij
Eliazer Edgar        Entred for his Copie vnder the handes of
                              Mr Powell and Mr Whyte warden
                              A booke called the Turkes Newe yeres
                              gifte, or the greate Turkes letters
                              sebt ti Diuers Christian princes
                              with their seuerall Answeres to his
                              letter &c      .       .       .       .        vjd R

                                                                         19 Januarij
Edw. Blount        Entred for his copy vnder the handes of mr
                            Owen Gwyn and the Warden
                            mr whyte. A booke Called. Aulica
                            or the Courtiers arte
                            Ars Aulica.       .           vjd R

                                                                         22 Januarij
mr Linge        Entred for his copie by Direccon
                       of A Court, and by bergaine &
                       assignement of mr Seton vnder his
                       hand wrytinge datum 16 octobris 1606.
                       Sir Tho. Smythes booke intituled 
                       The common wealth of England       .       .       .       .        .       .        vjd R

Mr Linge        Entred for his copies by direccon
                       of A Court and with consent of
                       Mr Burby vnder his handwrytinge
                       These. iij copies. viz. Romeo
                       & Juliett Loues Labour
                       Loste. The taminge of
                       A Shrewe           .       .        .        .         xviijd R

                                                                       26 Januarij
Jo. Browne      Entred for his copye vnder the handes of
                        mr Owyn Gwyn and the wardens
                        a booke called the discription of A
                        maske presented before the kinges maiestie
                        at Whitehall on Twelfnight last, in
                        honour of the Lord Haies & his bryde
                       Daughter & heire to the right honorable
                        the Lord Denny, their mariage havinge
                        ben at Court the same day solemnised .       .       .       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), 3:337.

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

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "987. Romeo and Juliet," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 3, 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 268-74. 

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