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Liber C
February 16,
1617

Liber C, folio 279 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. 279r

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
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Liber C
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1595-1620, entry for February 16, 1617
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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber C, fol. 279r

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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. 279r

Venus and Adonis was the first of Shakespeare's works to be entered into the Stationers' Register and to be printed. It was originally entered into Liber B on April 18, 1593, by Richard Field. By 1617, the rights to publish had been transferred to two other publishers (John Harrison the Elder in 1594 and William Leake in 1596), and the poem printed ten times. On February 16, 1617, Leake transferred his rights to William Barrett (along with the rights to 29 other titles), who continued to print new editions, beginning with the eleven in 1617. The poem was extremely popular, appearing in 17 total editions before 1641.

Liber C  and the other registers with Shakespeare’s works are still kept by the Stationers’ Company in their archives.
 

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                                                        16o ffebruarij 1616  Regni Regis 14                                  279

Mr Barrett           Assigned ouer vnto him by Mr Leake
                            and by order of a full Courte all
                           theis Copies followinge vizt.          .    .     .     .    xiiijd ./

                           Palermin of England, 3 parte
                           Venus and Adonis
                           Linackers Consolacon and Catachisme
                           Hecatonfila or the arte of Loue

                           Mr Smithes 6 semons vizt
                           sinners converusion
                           sinners confession
                           songe of Symeon. 2
                           callinge of Jonah
                           Rebellion of Jonah

                      Death and Downefall of Robin Hoode
                       Dyet for a Christian soule
                       Pilgramage to paradise
                       Knowledge of a mans self by Plessis
                       Saint Peters complaint.
                       Mary Magdalens funerall teares
                       Ephewes his England, and Anatomy of Witt
                      Order for Orphans
                      Decree for Tythes
                      Mr Web his spirtual poesie
                      Gods Controuersie
                      Mr Lake on the Comandments = the first parte
                      Bp Jewells sermons and sacramentes,
                      The pretious pearle
Idem             Allowed vnot him also by the same Court
                     all the Copies that belonged to Master Cotton  vizt
                     The practise of faith
                     Flowers of Granadoe
                     Pathway to prayer by Dor Hill
                     Heliodorus Ethiopan History
                     The Fawne
                     Searles Ephemerides halfe.
                     Christian aeconomye. halfe.
                     Mistery of redemption
                     Cookes epigrames
                     Life and death of lord Cromwell
Idem            Assigned vnto him by Thomas Bushell
                    a booke called the Resloued Christian 

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): 3:603.

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

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