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Liber B
April 18,
1593

Liber B, folio 297 verso

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Liber B, folio 297 verso
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Creator: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers
Title: Liber B
Date: 1576-1696
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber B, fol. 297v

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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspapers Makers
Item Title
Liber B
Item Date
1576-1695
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Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
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Liber B, fol. 297v

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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: 1576-1696
Repository: Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, London, UK
Call number and opening: Liber B, fol. 297v

Venus and Adonis was William Shakespeare’s first work to be entered into a Stationers’ Company register. This epic poem was entered on April 18, 1593 into the Stationers' Liber B by Richard Field (entered as "ffeild"), a printer from Stratford-upon-Avon. It was in print by June 12, 1593, when Richard Stonley recorded his purchase of it in his diary. A second edition appeared in 1594, also printed by Field. The registers chiefly served to record a publisher’s right to print and circulate written works, and were somewhat irregular in recording authors' names. 

A marginal note on this entry states that Field later assigned the work to John Harrison, Senior, on June 25, 1594

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]

                                                                               35toElizabeth[æ]

                                                                                     13. Aprilis

John wolf                                Entred for his copie vnder th[e  h]and of the lord bysshop of
                                                 LONDON a book intituled . . A short answere to the reasons which the
                                                 popishe  Recusantes alege why they will not comme to our churches /.
                                                 FFRAUNCIS BONNY beinge the Author       .       .       .       .         vjd
 

                                                                                      xviijo Aprilis

Richard ffeild                         Entred for his copie vnder th[e  h]andes of the Archbisshop of
Assigned ouer to                    CANTERBURY and master warden Stirrop, a booke intituled / VENUS
master Harrison                     and ADONIS./      .        .         .          .          .          .         .        .      vjd S./ 
senior 25 Junij
1594 /

                                                                     23. Aprilis [1593]

Master woodcock                   Entred for his copie. A book entituled. Idea. The shepherdes
                                                garlond. ffasshioned in x. ecloges.
and alowed vnder master
                                                HARTWELLes hand.                    intratur in curia     .        .       .     vjd S.    

Wydowe   Charl-                    Entred for her copie. A booke intituled. GERVIS MACKWM his
wood                                       THYRSYS. and DAPHNE       .         .         .        .      .      .     .          vjd

                                                                                          2 maij

Richard ffeild /                        Entred for his copie a booke intituled, the first parte of christian
                                                  passions conteyninge a hundred Sonnettes of meditacion humiliacon and
                                                  prayer,
aucthorised vnder the hande of the Lord Bisshop of
                                                  LONDON        .       .      .       .       .      .      .      .       .       .         vjd S.           

                                                                                          7 maij

Thomas Orwin                        Entred for his copies by assent of A Court holden this Day these
                                                  bookes folowinge whiche were first kingstons and after George
                                                  Robinsons whose widowe the said Orwin hath married           vs viijd

                                                                                                  viz

                                                              The whetston of wytt.
                                                             
master WILSONs Retorik and logik
                                                             
master CALVINs Cathechisme.
                                                             
 VIRGIL in Latin.                                             [J] STURMIUS epistles
                                                              TULLIES offices Latin.                                  [J] SUSEMBROTUS figures
                                                              ACOLASTUS.                                                 pueriles confabulatincul
[a]e
                                                                                                                                      
pueriles Scriptur[a]e            
                            

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): 2:630.

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