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Liber B
May 2 and 9,
1594

Liber B, folio 306 verso

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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. 306v

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Item Title
Liber B
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1576-1595, entries for May 2 and 9, 1594
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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber B, fol. 306v

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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. 306v

The play called The Taming of a Shrew was entered into Stationer's Liber B on May 2, 1594, as "A plesant Conceyted historie called 'the Tayminge of a Shrowe.'" It was entered by the printer Peter Short. He printed the first quarto edition later that year, and it was sold by Cuthbert Burby. Short printed a second quarto edition in 1596, which was also sold by Burby. The play shares a close relationship to Shakespeare’s play of a similar title, The Taming of the Shrew which was first printed in the 1623 First Folio.

The Rape of Lucrece was entered into Liber B just a few days later, on May 9, 1594, as "the Ravyshement of Lucrece." It was entered by the bookseller John Harrison (known as "the Elder" to distinguish him from his brother of the same name, also a printer and publisher). The first quarto edition was printed later that same year by Richard Field, and sold by Harrison. The poem, dedicated to the Earl of Southampton, was highly popular and went through eight quarto editions before 1641.

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]

Master Stirrop Warden 
Master Woodcock beinge
deceased./.      

                                                                                     primo die maij./.

Master ffeilde./.             Entred for his Copie vnder th[e  h]andes of the Bishop of LONDON
                                        and Master Cawood a booke intituled The holye historye of our lorde
                                        and saviour JESUS CHRISTes nativitie lyfe, actes, miracle, Doctrine,
                                      
  deathe[,] passion, Resurreccon and asscention gathered into Englishe
                                       meeter 
by ROBERT [or ? HENRY] HOLLAND master of Artes   vjd C./.

                                                                                     Secundo die maij

Peter Shorte /                Entred vnto him for his copie vnder master warden Cawoodes
                                        hande  /  a booke intituled A plesant Conceyted historie called ' the
                                        Tayminge of a Shrowe'
     .        .         .          .        .        .        .     vjd  /   

                                                                                                        7 maij [1594]

Richard ffeild                Assigned ouer to him for his copye from master Bonham norton. by
                                        Consent of a Court holden this Day. The history of GWICCIARDIN
                                        conteynynge the warres of Italy &c and also the argumentes with a table
                                        &c
Reduced into English by Geffrey FFENTON            .        .     vjd

Richard ffeild                Assigned ouer to him from master harrison th[e]elder. LYACROPEDIUS
                                        de conscribendis epistolis       .        .         .          .        .        .        .     vjd

                                                                                                        9 maij

Master harrison             Entred for his copie vnder th[e  h]and of master Cawood Warden, a
                                        booke intituled the Ravyshement of LUCRECE            .        .        .     vjd C

                                                                                  xiiijo maij / .

Thomas Creede./.          Entred for his copie vnder th[e  h]and of master Cawood warden  /  a
                                        booke intituled  /.   The famous victories of HENRYE the FFYFT      /
                                        conteyninge the honorable battell of Agincourt / .        .        .     vjd C

Thomas Creede /           Entred vnto him by the like warrant a booke intituled the Scottishe
                                        story of JAMES the FFOURTHE slayne at Fflodden intermixed with
                                        a plesant Comedie presented by OBORON kinge of ffayres
    .    vjd C
                                       

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): 2:648.

The British Library, "2. William Shakespeare's poems and sonnets," Rev. 1.0.1. Treasures in Full: Shakespeare in Quarto. Last modified December 2, 2004. http://www.bl.uk/treasures/shakespeare/poems.html.

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "916. The Taming of the Shrew," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 3, 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) 154-9.

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "955. The Taming of a Shrew," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 3, 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) 235-8.