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Liber B
July 20,
1594

Liber B, folio 310 verso

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Creator: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Title: Liber B
Date: 1576-1605
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber B, fol. 310v

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
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1576-1605
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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber B, folio 310 verso

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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: 1576-1605
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber B, fol. 310v

The Lamentable Tragedy of Locrine, the Eldest Son of King Brutus was entered into Stationers' Liber B  by Thomas Creede on July 20, 1594 as "The Lamentable Tragedy of Locrine, the eldest sonne of Kinge Brutus. discoursinge the warres of the Brittans &c." Creede, a printer in London, printed the first quarto edition of Locrine sometime between November 1595 and March 1596. Locrine is part of the Shakespeare Apocrypha due to the fact the title page bears the line "Newly set foorth, ouerseene and corrected, By W.S."

As Shakespeare's name had not appeared on any title pages of his works at this time, however, these initials would not have immediately implied his authorship to an Elizabethan audience. Martin Wiggins, in his monograph British Drama 1533-1642: a Catalogue, notes that "Sir George Buc, who liked to identify the authors of plays which had been published anonymously, and who knew Shakespeare personally, made no mention of him when he annotated the title page of his copy." Donna N. Murphy investigated the theory of Robert Greene as author in her 2009 article "Locrine, Selimus, Robert Greene, and Thomas Lodge." Regardless of authorship, Locrine has earned itself a firm place within the Shakespeare Apocrypha, as it was included in both the second and third Folios, printed in 1664 and 1685.

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

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

MASTER WATKINS MASTER

MASTER CAWOOD
                                       } WARDENS
MASTER BINGE  

                                                                                 1594 36 Elizabeth[æ]

                                                                              15 Julij
John Legat                              Entred for his copie, a book entituled. Compendium librorum
                                                 
 phisicorum ARISTOTELIS, Conscriptum a JOHANNE LUDOVICO
                                                  HAUNEURENTES Doctore medico, et philosopho   .       .       .     vjd
                                                                                    
Intratur in Curia tenta hoc die /

                                                                         xxo die Julij
Thomas Creede                     Entred for his Copie vnder th[e  h]andes of the Wardens. The
                                               
lamentable Tragedie of LOCRINE, the eldest sonne of Kinge BRUTUS. 
                                                discoursinge the warres of the Brittans &c    
 .       .       .        .     vjd

                                                                    Secundo die Augusti./. [1594]
John Danter./.                       Entred for his Copie vnder th[e  h]andes of bothe the wardens
                                                a ballad intituled a call to Repentance to all true Englishe
                                                
h[e]artes    .        .       .        .        .       .         .        .       .       .  vj    
John Danter./.                       Entred alsoe for his Copie vnder th[e  h]andes of bothe
                                                the wardens an other ballad entituled BELLIN   DUNS 
                                               Confession &c     
       .        .        .       .         .        .       .       .   vjd
John wolf                               Entred for his copie / vnder both the wardens handes, the Articles of 
                                                the gyveinge over of Gronig
&c                                     .       .   vjd

                                                                     viijo Augusti

Peter Shorte /                        Entred for his copie  vnder th[e  h]andes of bothe the wardens, a
                                                booke intituled / The Jewell house of Art and Nature Conteyninge
                                                sundrie rare and profitable inventions that have hitherto lyen hid in the 
                                                bosom of nature, together with sundrie newe and approved experimentes
                                                for th[e]inrichinge of barren  groundes  /  as alsoe the newe arte 
                                                of mouldinge and castinge of any naturall or artificiall patron
                                                into gold siluer &c
written by HUGHE PLATT of Lymcolnes
                                                Inne gent /         .         .         .          .         .         .       vj
John danter.                          Entred for his copie vnder th[e  h]andes of the wardens, a ballad
                                               intituled / howe a blacksmith vsed the rich farmers of Denmark for
                                               raisinge their corne 
 .        .        .       .         .        .       .       .   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): 2:656.

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

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "885. Locrine, the Eldest Son of King Brutus," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 3, 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) 86-90.