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Liber B
February 6,
1594

Liber B, folio 304 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. 304v

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
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Liber B
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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, fol. 304v

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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.

Document-specific information
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. 304v

Titus Andronicus was entered into Stationer's Liber B on February 6, 1594 as "a Noble Roman Historye of Tytus  Andronicus." John Danter, the printer who entered the play, also created a separate entry for a ballad with the same storyline. Danter printed the first quarto version of Titus later in 1594, and it was sold by Edward White and Thomas Millington. Only one copy of this edition is known to survive.

There is debate as to the exact sequence of composition of the ballad, the play, and an additional prose composition of the story, but many scholars now agree that the play was written first, followed by the ballad, which was then followed by the prose. The second quarto of the play was printed by James Roberts in 1600, and the third appeared in 1602, printed by Edward Allde. It was next printed in 1623 in the First Folio, where the editors included expanded stage directions and an additional scene.

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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                                                              Annoque Regni Regine Elizabeth  36to

                                                                               22o die Januarij./.

Richard Jones./.          Entred for his Copie vnder the  handes of the wardens
                                    a newe songe of Londons Joyfull wellcome
                                    to the Nobilitie, gentelemen and Communaltie
                                    to Hillarye Terme                                                                                       vjd

                                                                               26to Januarij./.

Nicholas Linge &       Entred for their Copie vnder the  handes of Mr
John Busbye               Dickins and bothe the wardens a booke
                                    called Cornelia Thomas Kydd beinge
                                    the Authour                                                                                                   vjd

Christopher Hunt./.    Entred for his Copie vnder the  handes of Mr
                                   Hartwell and the wardens a booke
                                   called Godfrey of Bolloigne an
                                   heroyalcall poem of Sir Torquato
                                   Tasso Englisshed./. by  R E Esquier                                                                    vjd./.

                                                                             27o. Januarij

Abel Jeffes.              Entred for his Copie vnder the handes
                                 of the Wardens, a ballad of the
                                 Lamentable lyfe and deathe of
                                 Roberte Sturman who suffered at
                                 Tyburne the 24th of Januarie                                                                               vjd

                                                                 primo die ffebruarij./. [1594]

John Danter./.         Entred for his Copie vnder the  handes of
                                bothe the wardens a booke intituled
                                Greene his funeralles                                                                                              vjd

                                                              vjto die ffebruarij

John Wolf./.           Entred for his Copye vnder the handes of Mr
                               Hartwell and bothe the wardens a booke
                               entituled the newe founde arte of Catchinge of
                               Connye Catchers or a trapp to take a
                               knaue                                                                                                                         vjd

                                                             vjto die ffebruarij./.

John Danter./.        Entred for his Copye vnder the handes of bothe
                              the wardens a booke intituled   
                              a Noble Roman Historye of Tytus
                              Andronicus                                                                                                                  vjd

John Danter./.        Entred alsoe vnto him by warraunt from
                              Mr Woodcock the ballad thereof                                                                                    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), 2:644.

Martin Wiggins and Catherine Richardson, "928. Titus Andronicus," in British Drama, 1533-1642: A Catalogue. Vol. 3, 1590-1597 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 179-185.

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