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Liber C
June 25,
1596

Liber C, folio 11 recto

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Liber C, folio 11 recto
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Creator: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Title: Liber C
Date: 1595-1620
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber C, fol. 11r

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Item Title
Liber C
Item Date
1595-1620, entry for June 25, 1596
Repository
Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call Number
Liber C, fol. 11r

Institution Rights and Document Citation

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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 C
Date: 1595-1620
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber C, fol. 11r

On June 25, 1596, the London printer and publisher John Harrison the Elder transferred his rights to print Shakespeare's poem Venus and Adonis to his colleague, William Leake, who printed the fifth edition in 1599. The poem was entered as "Venus and Adonis" in Stationers' Liber C. The printer Richard Field originally registered the poem on April 18, 1593, after which he printed the first quarto edition. He later transferred the rights to publish the poem to John Harrison, on June 25, 1594. Seventeen quarto editions were printed in total before 1641, and the poem's publishing rights in the Stationer's Register were transferred to several different tradesmen over the course of those years.

Liber C 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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                                     1596  38. Regni Regin Eliz:                                  11

                                          Secundo die Junij./.
Raphe Blower and        Entred for their Copie vnder th[e h]andes of Mr &
Tho. Purfoote Junior     Hartwell and bothe the wardens a booke
                                      intituled Anonymus his Remedies against
                                      Discontentment    .         .         .         .         .       vjd./.

                                           4to. Junij./
Tho. Chard.            Entred for his copie vnder the handes
                               of my lordes grace of Canterbury
                               and the wardens, a booke Intituled  
                               El Sancto Euangelio De
                               Jesu Christo segun San Mathei
                               &c and so the whole newe testament 
                               to be printed in the Spanishe tonge         .         .         .         vjd

                                           ix Junij  [1596]
Mr Wyndett/          Entred for his copie by order from the
                               Lord Archbishop of Canterburye
                               and vnder the wardens handes a
                               booke intituled St Peters Chayne .         .         .         vjd

                                           25 Junij
William leeke        Assigned ouer vnto him for his
                               copie from Mr harrison the elder,
                               in full Court holden this day. by
                               the said Mr harrisons consent.
                               A booke called. Venus and
                               Adonis         .         .         .         vjd

                                           vltimo Junij
Mr Dawson           Entred for his copie a booke called
                              Lyllies light         .         .         vjd

                                           3 Julij
Mr Windett           Entred for his copie vnder the hand of the
                              L. Archbishop of Canterbury his graces
                              hand. A booke intituled. The
                              Jayllours Conuersion          .         .         .         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): 3:65.

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>.

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