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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
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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber C, fol. 11r

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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

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

                  

                                                                           1596  38. Regni Regin[a]e Elizabeth[æ]                                  11

                                                                                        Secundo die Junij./.

Raphe Blower                    Entred for their Copie vnder th[e h]andes of Master HARTWELL and
and Thomas Pur-               bothe the wardens a booke intituled ANONYMUS his Remedies against
foote Junior                        Discontentment    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         vjd./.

 

                                                                                        4to. Junij./

Thomas 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]

Master Wyndett/                Entred for his copie by order from the Lord Archbishop of
                                            CANTERBURYE and vnder the wardens handes a booke intituled
                                            Sainct PETERs Chayne         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         vjd

                                                                                      25 Junij

William leeke                    Assigned ouer vnto him for his copie from master harrison th[e]
                                            elder, in full Court holden this day. by the said master harrisons
                                            consent. A booke called. VENUS and ADONIS         .         .         .         vjd

 

                                                                                     vltimo Junij

Master Dawson                 Entred for his copie a booke called LYLLIes light         .         .         vjd

                                                                                            3 Julij

Master Windett                 Entred for his copie vnder the hand of the Lord Archbishop of 
                                           CANTERBURY his graces hand. A booke intituled. The Jayllours
                                           Conuersion
    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         vjd

A TRANSCRIPT &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): 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>.