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The famous historie of Troylus and Cresseid.
1609

STC 22332, title page

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Creator: William Shakespeare
Title: The famous historie of Troylus and Cresseid. Excellently expressing the beginning of their loues, with the conceited wooing of Pandarus Prince of Licia. Written by William Shakespeare.
Date: London : imprinted by G. Eld for R. Bonian and H. Walley, and are to be sold at the spred Eagle in Paules Church-yeard, ouer against the great north doore, 1609.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 22332, title page
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William Shakespeare
Item Title
The famous historie of Troylus and Cresseid. Excellently expressing the beginning of their loues, with the conceited wooing of Pandarus Prince of Licia. Written by William Shakespeare.
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London : imprinted by G. Eld for R. Bonian and H. Walley, and are to be sold at the spred Eagle in Paules Church-yeard, ouer against the great north doore, 1609.
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Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, USA
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STC 22332, title page

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Creator: William Shakespeare
Title: The famous historie of Troylus and Cresseid. Excellently expressing the beginning of their loues, with the conceited wooing of Pandarus Prince of Licia. Written by William Shakespeare.
Date: London : imprinted by G. Eld for R. Bonian and H. Walley, and are to be sold at the spred Eagle in Paules Church-yeard, ouer against the great north doore, 1609.
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC, USA
Call number and opening: STC 22332, title page
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Folger Shakespeare Library staff, "Troilus and Cressida, second edition," Shakespeare Documented, https://doi.org/10.37078/254.

Folger Shakespeare Library, STC 22332. See Shakespeare Documentedhttps://doi.org/10.37078/254.

This is the second edition of Troilus and Cressida. This play was recorded twice in the Stationers’ Company register before it was ever printed. It was first entered on February 7, 1603 by James Roberts, and then again on January 28, 1609 by Henry Walley and Richard Bonian. They then quickly had their printer, George Eld, print two entirely separate editions that same year.

The first edition’s title page declares that it was “acted by the Kings Majesties seruants at the Globe.” However, this second edition omits that claim and even adds an epistle to the reader that states that the play has never been performed. Scholars speculate that the play was perhaps first written for a private performance, or perhaps ran into issues with the censors (Oxford Companion 485).

The copy shown above is one of ten listed in the English Short Title Catalogue. It was purchased by Henry Folger for the Folger Shakespeare Library collection in 1919.

To learn more about the plot and early printing history of Troilus and Cressida, please see the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Shakespeare's Works and the British Library’s Shakespeare in Quarto, which also includes information about another copy of this edition.

 

Written by Folger Shakespeare Library staff

Sources
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. General editor, Michael Dobson and associate general editor, Stanley Wells, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001): 485.

Martin Wiggins, in association with Catherine Richardson. "1325. Troilus and Cressida." British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 4, 1598-1602 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014): 372-77.

Last updated January 25, 2020