DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1630 Shakespeare, William The Merry Wives of Windsor

Reference Information

DEEP #: 330
Greg #: 187d
STC/Wing #: 22301
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 3
Play Edition: 4
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 40
Date of First Publication: 1602
Date of First Production: 1597 [1597-1598]
Company of First Production: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 3 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR. With the humours of Sir Iohn Falstaffe, As also the swaggering vaine of Ancient Pistoll, and Corporall Nym. ... Newly corrected.
Author: Written by William Shake-Speare.
Imprint: LONDON: Printed by T. H. for R. Meighen, and are to be sold at his Shop, next to the Middle-Temple Gate, and in S. Dunstans Church-yard in Fleet-street, 1630.

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Stationer Information

Printer: Harper, Thomas
Publisher: Meighen, Richard
Imprint Location: W.13 (Fleet St. - Middle Temple); W.9 (Fleet St. - St. Dunstan's Church / Clifford's Inn)
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."