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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

[Transcription from Arber; check back soon for a transcription that conforms to Shakespeare Documented editorial conventions]      

[ H. Conneway.
  G. Allen.           }F. Coldocke.                                              3-10 April] 1592.                                                        286                           

                                                                                         34toRegin[a]e Elizabeth[æ

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                                                                                                     3 Aprilis

John 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  h]andes of the Lord Bishop of
                                       LONDON and the wardens The tragedie of ARDEN of Feuersham and
                                      BLACKWALL 
 .         .         .        .        .        .      .        .        .      vjA

 

 

                                                                                                vjto Aprilis /

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

 

 

 

                                                                                              vijo aprilis [1592]

John Kydde./                  Entred vnto him for his copie vnder th[e  h]andes 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.

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

John wolf.                       Entred for his copie vnder th[e  h]and 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
                                                                                                                                                    II. 607               

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).

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.