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Liber C
October 20,
1597

Liber C, folio 25 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. 25r

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Item Title
Liber C
Item Date
1595-1620
Repository
Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber C, fol. 25r

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Terms of use
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. 25r

Richard III was entered into Liber C of the Stationers' Company on October 20, 1597. The title was entered as "The tragedie of kinge Richard the Third with the death of the Duke of Clarence." Andrew Wise, the London publisher who entered the title into the Register, began selling a quarto edition, printed by Valentine Simmes and Peter Short, later that same year. The second quarto edition was printed and sold in 1598. Overall, eight quarto editions were printed before 1642, and the play was also 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.
 

Semi-diplomatic transcription

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                                                                                                                                             25
                                           xiiijto die Octobris       39
Nicholas Lynge       Entred for his Copie, A booke
                                intituled, wittes Common wealthe
                                by direction from mr
                                Warden man   .        .        .        .         .         vjd

                                           15. octobris
William Jones         Entred for his Copie vnder the hand of
                                mr Man warden. A booke
                                Called Sainct Peters Ten teares supposedly
                                wrytten vppon his weepinge sorrowes
                                for Denyinge his mr Christie. This
                                entrance is condycionall that no other
                                man haue Right to the seid booke      .         .         vjd

                                           19o Octobris
Raphe Blore./.        Entred for his Copie vnder the handes of mr
                               Dix and mMan a booke called the
                               gentle crafte intreatinge of Shoomakers    .         .    vjd

                                           20 Octobris
Andrewe wise /     Entred for his copie vnder the handes of
                              mr Barlowe, and mr warden 
                              man./ The tragedie of kinge
                              Richard the Third with the
                              death of the Duke of Clarence      .         .    vjd

                                           22o Octobris./.
mr Est./.                 Entred for his Copie vnder
                              the handes of mr Morley and
                              bothe the wardens a booke called /
                              Songes of sundrye natures,
                              whereof somme are Divine / some are
                              madrigalles, and the rest spalmes
                              and hymnes in Latin composed
                              for 5 and 6 voyces and One for 8
                              voyces / by Nathanaell Patrick
                              sometyme mr of the Children of the
                              Cathedrall Churche of Worcester and
                              Organist of the same                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), 3:93.

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

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "950. King Richard III," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 3, 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 219-226.

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