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Liber B
April 3,
1592

Liber B, folio 286 recto

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Creator: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Title: Liber B
Date: 1576-1595
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber B, fol. 286r

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Item Title
Liber B
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1576-1595, entry for April 3, 1592
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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber B, fol. 286r

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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 B
Date: 1576-1595
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber B, fol. 286r

"The Tragedy of Arden of Faversham and Black Will" was entered by Edward White in Stationers' Liber B on April 3, 1592 and licensed for publication by John Aylmer, Bishop of London. Arden of Faversham is considered part of the Shakespeare Apocrypha.  The first quarto edition was printed later that year, likely by Edward Allde for Edward White. However, between August 3 and 7, 1592, an illegal copy was printed by Abel Jeffes.

An entry in the Liber for December 18, 1592 indicates the Stationers' Company seized Jeffes’ counterfeit copies, recorded as "Arden of Kent," and ordered him to pay a fine of 10 shillings. No known copies of this counterfeit edition survive. In the same December 18 entry, Edward White was accused of illegally printing an edition of the Spanish Tragedy, licensed to Jeffes. White’s copies were also seized, and he was also fined 10 shillings.

Second and third quarto editions of Arden of Faversham were printed in 1599 and 1633, both for Edward White.

Liber B 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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                                 1592     34to: Regine Elizabeth                         286

                                                   3 Aprilis

Jo. wolf.                      Entred for his copie vnder master
                                    Hartwelles hand. a prophecie
                                    for Eight yeres yet to comme                            vjd

Edward white.              Entred for his copie vnder th[e  
                                     handes of the Lord Bishop
                                     of London and the wardens 
                      G*S        The tragedie of Arden of
                                     Feuersham and Blackwall                         vjd

                                                  vjto Aprilis /

John Wolf./                  Entred vnto him for his Copie
                                    vnder the hande of master Hartwell 
                                    Gargantua his prophesie                                   vjd

                                               vijo aprilis

John Kydde./               Entred vnto him for his copie vnder
                                    the  handes of the Bishop of London and master
                                    Coldock./ a booke intituled A most
                                    wretched worke of a wretched witche
                                    the like whereof none can recorde
                                    theis many yeres in Englande                             vjd

                                                xo Aprilis.

Jo. wolf.                      Entred for his copies  /  the
                                    Second, Third, ffourthe and
                                    ffyft bookes of Amadis De Gaule
                                    To be translated out of French into
                                    Englishe Memorandum: that the lord bishop           ijs A
                                    of London his hand is to euery of the
                                    said iiij French bookes seuerally for
                                    alowance of the printinge thereof in
                                    English

Jo. wolf.                      Entred for his copie vnder the  hand of the
                                    Lord Byshop of London, a newe
                                    ballad describinge the weapons wee
                                    ought to haue to fight with Sathan
                                    before wee goo to our graue                                 vjA

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), 2:607               

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "846. Master Arden of Faversham in Kent," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 3, 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 9-12.