DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1602 Shakespeare, William The Merry Wives of Windsor

Reference Information

DEEP #: 328
Greg #: 187a
STC/Wing #: 22299
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 28
Date of First Publication: 1602
Date of First Production: 1597 [1597-1598]
Company of First Production: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Company Attribution: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Total Editions: 3 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: A Most pleasaunt and excellent conceited Comedie, of Syr Iohn Falstaffe, and the merrie Wiues of Windsor. Entermixed with sundrie variable and pleasing humors, of Syr Hugh the Welch Knight, Iustice Shallow, and his wise Cousin M. Slender. With the swaggering vaine of Auncient Pistoll, and Corporall Nym.
Author: By William Shakespeare.
Performance: As it hath bene diuers times Acted by the right Honorable my Lord Chamberlaines seruants. Both before her Maiestie, and else-where.
Imprint: LONDON Printed by T. C. for Arthur Iohnson, and are to be sold at his shop in Powles Church-yard, at the signe of the Flower de Leuse and the Crowne. 1602.

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Stationer Information

Printer: Creede, Thomas
Publisher: Johnson, Arthur
Imprint Location: A.2 (Paul's Churchyard - Great North Door)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Jan 18, 1602: Entered to John Busby (1): "A booke called. An excellent & pleasant conceited commedie of Sr Io ffaulstof and the merry wyves of windesor".
Jan 18, 1602: Transferred from John Busby (1) to Arthur Johnson: "A booke Called an excellent and pleasant conceyted Comedie of Sir Iohn ffaulstafe and the merye wyves of windsor".
Jan 29, 1630: Transferred from Arthur Johnson to Richard Meighen: "The merry Wives of Winsor".
Nov 7, 1646: Transferred from Mercy Meighen, the widow of Richard Meighen, to herself and George Bedell: "The Merry Wiues of Windsor a play."