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Liber B
June 25,
1594

Liber B, folio 310 recto

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Liber B, folio 310 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. 310r

Item Creator
Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Item Title
Liber B
Item Date
1576-1595, entry for June 25, 1594
Repository
Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call Number
Liber B, fol. 310r

Institution Rights and Document Citation

Terms of use
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: 1576-1595
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber B, fol. 310r

On June 25, 1594, the London printer and publisher Richard Field (entered as "ffeild") transferred his rights to print Shakespeare's poem Venus and Adonis over to his colleague, John Harrison the Elder. The poem was entered as "Venus and Adonis" in Stationers' Liber B. Field had originally registered the poem on April 18, 1593, after which he printed the first and second quarto editions. Only one fragmentary copy of the third quarto is known to surrvive, and it does not include a title page, although scholars conjecture it was printed by Harrison in 1595, who printed also printed the fourth edition in 1596. Seventeen quarto editions were printed in total before 1641, and the poem's publishing rights in the Stationers' Register were transferred to several different tradesmen over the course of those years.

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]

                                                                 Anno Regni Regin[a]e Elizabeth[æ] 36to                                    310

                                                                                                         22do Die Junij

John Danter.                                       Entred for his Copie vnder the hande of Master Warden Cawood. a
                                                              Ballad entytuled a most straunge and miraculous wonder that 
                                                              happened through lighteninge and thunder. which happened in Divers
                                                              places in England.
  .          .          .         .         .         .           .         .   vjd

                                                                                                          25 Junij
Master Harrison                                  Entred for his copie in Court holden this day  /  a booke entituled.
Senior.                                                  Orchestra. or a poeme of Daunsing         .         .         .           .         .   vjd

Master Harrison                                  Assigned ouer vnto him from Richard ffeild in open Court holden
Senior                                                    this Day a book called VENUS and ADONIS              .           .         .   vjd     
                                                              The which was before entred to Richard ffeild. 18. aprilis /
                                                              1593 / 

                                                                                                           25. [Junij]  1594]
Edmond bolyfant                                Alowed vnto them to prynt to th[e]use of the Company, DODONEUS
and his partners                                     herball in all volumes and with pictures or without pictures
                                                              paying alwaies vppon euery Impression vjin the li to th[e]use of
                                                              the poore accordinge to the ordonnance in yat behalf                       .  vjd

                                                                                                           26. Junij
John Wolf.                                           Entred for his Copie vnder the hande of Master Warden Cawood,
                                                              a booke of MICHAELL DE RENICHON his aray[g]nment and
                                                              execucon &c
   .         .          .        .         .         .         .         .       .        vjd

John danter                                         Entred for his copie vnder th[e  h]andes of master Bynge, theis
                                                              ballades followinge
                                                                                                             viz
                                                                    The newe married wyfes fayringe       .         .         .         .        vjd   
                                                                    The Cuntrymans welcomme to Barth[olo]me[w] fayre             vjd
                                                                    a maydes lamentacon for lack of a fayringe           .         .        vjd
                                                                    The wofull spectacle of the iust Judgment of GOD
                                                                    shewed vppon a merchantes servant for his cruelty
                                                                    toward his owne master beinge in poverty 
              .         .        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): 2:655.

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. <bl.uk/treasures/shakespeare/poems.html>.