DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1599 Shakespeare, William Romeo and Juliet

Reference Information

DEEP #: 234
Greg #: 143b
STC/Wing #: 22323
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 2
Play Edition: 2
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 46
Date of First Publication: 1597
Date of First Production: 1595 [1594-1596]
Company of First Production: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Company Attribution: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Total Editions: 5 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: THE MOST EXcellent and lamentable Tragedie, of Romeo and Iuliet. Newly corrected, augmented, and amended:
Performance: As it hath bene sundry times publiquely acted, by the right Honourable the Lord Chamberlaine his Seruants.
Imprint: LONDON Printed by Thomas Creede, for Cuthbert Burby, and are to be sold at his shop neare the Exchange. 1599.

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Stationer Information

Printer: Creede, Thomas
Publisher: Burby, Cuthbert
Imprint Location: O.8 (Royal Exchange - South Entrance)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Jan 22, 1607: Transferred from Cuthbert Burby to Nicholas Ling: "Romeo & Iuliett."
Nov 19, 1607: Transferred from Nicholas Ling to John Smethwick: "Romeo and Iulett".
Aug 24, 1642: Transferred from John Smethwick decd. to Francis Smethwick: "salvo iure cuiuscunque ... Romeo & Iuliett."
Sep 14, 1642: Transferred from Francis Smethwick to Miles Flesher: "Romeo & Iuliett".
Additional Notes: William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion dates the first production to 1595; Annals dates it to 1596 [1594-1596].