DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1597 Shakespeare, William Richard the Third

Reference Information

DEEP #: 225
Greg #: 142a
STC/Wing #: 22314
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): History
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 48
Date of First Publication: 1597
Date of First Production: 1592 [1591-1593]
Company of First Production: Unknown
Company Attribution: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Total Editions: 8 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: THE TRAGEDY OF King Richard the third. Containing, His treacherous Plots against his brother Clarence: the pittiefull murther of his iunocent nephewes: his tyrannicall vsurpation: with the whole course of his detested life, and most deserued death.
Performance: As it hath beene lately Acted by the Right honourable the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants.
Imprint: AT LONDON ΒΆ Printed by Valentine Sims, for Andrew Wise, dwelling in Paules Church-yard, at the Signe of the Angell. 1597.

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Stationer Information

Printer: Simmes, Valentine; Short, Peter
Publisher: Wise, Andrew
Imprint Location: A.3 (Paul's Churchyard - Northeast)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Oct 20, 1597: Entered to Andrew Wise: "The tragedie of kinge Richard the Third with the death of the duke of Clarence".
Jun 25, 1603: Transferred from Andrew Wise to Matthew Law: "iij enterludes or playes. The ffirst is of Richard the .3. ... all kinges."
Additional Notes: William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion dates the first production to 1592-1593; Annals dates it to 1592 [1591-1592].