DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1602 Shakespeare, William Richard the Third

Reference Information

DEEP #: 227
Greg #: 142c
STC/Wing #: 22316
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): History
Book Edition: 3
Play Edition: 3
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 46
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 TRAGEDIE of King Richard the third. Conteining his treacherous Plots against his brother Clarence: the pittifull murther of his innocent Nephewes: his tyrannicall vsurpation: with the whole course of his detested life, and most deserued death.
Author: Newly augmented, By William Shakespeare.
Performance: As it hath bene lately Acted by the Right Honourable the Lord Chamberlaine his seruants.
Imprint: LONDON Printed by Thomas Creede, for Andrew Wise, dwelling in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Angell. 1602.

Paratextual Material


Stationer Information

Printer: Creede, Thomas
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].