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Liber C
December 16,
1611

Liber C, folio 214 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. 214v

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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. 214v

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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. 214v

Thomas Lord Cromwell was originally entered into Liber C of the Stationers' Company on August 11, 1602 by the printer William Cotton for the publisher William Jones. On December 16, 1611, an entry in Liber C transfers the rights to publish the play from William Jones to John Browne, although no entry exists showing the transfer of Cotton's rights to Jones. The play is entered under the title "the lyfe and death of the Lord Cromwell". This entry, like the entry in 1602, attributes authorship to a mysterious "W.S." Many attributed the play to Shakespeare based on these initials, and it appears in the Third and Fourth Folios. However, based on linguistic analysis, this attribution, long doubted, has been proven incorrect. Jones published the first quarto edition in 1602. The second quarto edition was printed in 1613 by Thomas Snodham. No further quarto editions were produced.

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

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                                                           1611  9no. Regis.
                                                         
                                                          16to Decembris

John Browne               Entred for his copyes by assignement
                                    from Wm Jones and vnder master warden
                                    Lownes his hande, one booke called
                                    the Arte of Payntinge, drawinge, &
                                    lymninge, donne by Henry Pecham
                                    Mr of Artes, and none other booke
              G*S               called, the lyfe and death of the Lo:
                                    Cromwell, by W : S .     .     .     .     .xijd /.

                                                          24to Decembris

Thomas Snodham         Entred for his Copy vnder the handes of my
                                      Lord Bysshopp of London & Th’wardens,
                                      A booke called, The golden Legend of ye
                                      Romishe churche examyned by the touche
                                      stone of truthe, written in Dutche by
                                      Symbon Raytinck to be printed both
                                      in Dutche and Englishe .     .     .     .     .vjd.

                                                          26to Decembris

Martin Clerke.                Entred for his Copy vnder the handes of
                                        my Lord Bysshopp of Bathe and
                                        Wells & of the wardens, A booke to
                                        be translated out of ffrenche into
                                        English and so printed called in ffrenche
                                        Le Doit des Roiss contre le
                                        cardinall Bellarmyn et Authres
                                        Jessuites Dedie au Roy &c. Pat
                                        Monsieur J. Bede &c. pro Christo
                                        et Ludovico XIIJo .     .     .     .     .vjd.

                                                          7mo Januarij 1611.

Tho: Archer.                  Entred for his Copy vnder the handes of Mr
                                      Mason & Mr warden Lownes A booke
                                      called The arraynmente & conviction of
                                      John Sellman &c .     .     .     .     .vjd ./

Nath:l Butter                  Entred for his Copy vnder th’andes of
                                      Mr doctor Mokett & The wardens, A booke
                                      called, Just & necessary motyves of
                                      N. N. for his free and voluntary
                                      & conuersion from the Bysshopp of Rome
                                      his Churche to the Christian and
                                      Apostolique Churche of England
                                      prouided that the sheetes be severally
                                      broughte to Mr Doctor Mokett to viewe
                                      as they are printed .     .     .     .     .vjd ./

John Eoyston                Entred for their Copy vnder the handes of Mr Wm
Wm Bladon                  Peirce & The wardens, A booke to be printed
                                      when it is further Authorised, called Neues
                                      out of Germany or the surprisinge of the
                                      Citty of Prage by the Archduke
                                      Leopold and what there passed in ffebruary and
                                      marche laste &c. translated out of ye ffrench
                                      copy. printed at Parys 1611.     .     .     .     .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), 3:474.

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

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "1290. Thomas, Lord Cromwell," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 4, 1598-1602 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 302-7.

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