DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1598 Shakespeare, William Love's Labor's Lost

Reference Information

DEEP #: 256
Greg #: 150a
STC/Wing #: 22294
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 38
Date of First Publication: 1598
Date of First Production: 1595 [1594-1595]
Company of First Production: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 2 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: A PLEASANT Conceited Comedie CALLED, Loues labors lost.
Author: Newly corrected and augmented By W. Shakespere.
Performance: As it was presented before her Highnes this last Christmas.
Imprint: Imprinted at London by W. W. for Cutbert Burby. 1598.

Paratextual Material


Stationer Information

Printer: White, William
Publisher: Burby, Cuthbert
Entries in Stationers' Register: Jan 22, 1607: Transferred from Cuthbert Burby to Nicholas Ling: "Loues Labour Loste."
Nov 19, 1607: Transferred from Nicholas Ling to John Smethwick: "Loues labour Lost".
Aug 24, 1642: Transferred from John Smethwick decd. to Francis Smethwick: "salvo iure cuiuscunque ... Loues Labour lost."
Sep 14, 1642: Transferred from Francis Smethwick to Miles Flesher: "Loues labour lost."
Additional Notes: There may have been a previous edition printed in 1597 that is no longer extant and is therefore not included in DEEP; see Andrew Murphy, Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003), 461n1.