DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1631 Shakespeare, William The Taming of the Shrew

Reference Information

DEEP #: 184
Greg #: 120e
STC/Wing #: 22327
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 4
Play Edition: 5
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 36
Date of First Publication: 1594
Date of First Production: 1591 [1590-1592]
Company of First Production: Unknown
Company Attribution: King's Men
Total Editions: 4 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: A WITTIE AND PLEASANT COMEDIE Called The Taming of the Shrew.
Author: Written by Will. Shakespeare.
Performance: As it was acted by his Maiesties Seruants at the Blacke Friers and the Globe.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by W. S. for Iohn Smethwicke, and are to be sold at his Shop in Saint Dunstones Church-yard vnder the Diall. 1631.

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Stationer Information

Printer: Stansby, William
Publisher: Smethwick, John
Imprint Location: W.9 (Fleet St. - St. Dunstan's Church / Clifford's Inn)
Entries in Stationers' Register: May 2, 1594: Entered to Peter Short: "a booke intituled A plesant Conceyted historie called the Tayminge of a Shrowe".
Jan 22, 1607: Transferred from Cuthbert Burby to Nicholas Ling: "The taminge of A Shrewe".
Nov 19, 1607: Transferred from Nicholas Ling to John Smethwick: "The taminge of A Shrewe".
Aug 24, 1642: Transferred from John Smethwick decd. to Francis Smethwick: "salvo iure cuiuscunque ... The tameing of a shrew."
Sep 14, 1642: Transferred from Francis Smethwick to Miles Flesher: "The tameing of a shrew."
Additional Notes: William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion dates the first production to 1590-1591; Annals dates it to 1592 [c.1590-1604].