DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1600 Shakespeare, William 2 Henry the Sixth (The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster)

Reference Information

DEEP #: 180
Greg #: 119b
STC/Wing #: 26100
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): History
Book Edition: 2
Play Edition: 2
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 32
Date of First Publication: 1594
Date of First Production: 1591 [1590-1591]
Company of First Production: Pembroke's Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 2 quartos, 1 quarto in collection, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: THE First part of the Contention betwixt the two famous houses of Yorke and Lancaster, with the death of the good Duke Humphrey: And the banishment and death of the Duke of Suffolke, and the Tragical end of the prowd Cardinall of Winchester, with the notable Rebellion of Iacke Cade: And the Duke of Yorkes first clayme to the Crowne.
Imprint: LONDON Printed by Valentine Simmes for Thomas Millington, and are to be sold at his shop vnder S. Peters church in Cornewall. 1600.

Paratextual Material


Stationer Information

Printer: Simmes, Valentine
Publisher: Millington, Thomas
Imprint Location: P.2 (Leadenhall - Cornhill)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Mar 12, 1594: Entered to Thomas Millington: "a booke intituled, the firste parte of the Contention of the twoo famous houses of york and Lancaster wth the deathe of the good Duke Humfrey and the banishment and deathe of the duke of Suffolk and the tragicall ende of the prowd Cardinall of winchester/ wth the notable rebellion of Iack Cade and the duke of yorkes firste clayme vnto the Crowne".
Apr 19, 1602: Transferred from Thomas Millington to Thomas Pavier: "Salvo Iure cuiuscumque viz ... The first and Second parte of henry the vjt ii bookes".
Aug 4, 1626: Transferred from the widow of Thomas Pavier to Edward Brewster and Robert Bird: "Mr. Paviers right in Shakesperes plaies or any of them".
Nov 8, 1630: Transferred from Robert Bird to Richard Cotes: "Yorke and Lancaster".
Additional Notes: William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion dates the first production to 1591; Annals dates it to 1590.