DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1603 Shakespeare, William Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Reference Information

DEEP #: 347
Greg #: 197a
STC/Wing #: 22275
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 34
Date of First Publication: 1603
Date of First Production: 1601 [1600-1601]
Company of First Production: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Company Attribution: King's Men
Total Editions: 5 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: THE Tragicall Historie of HAMLET Prince of Denmarke[.]
Author: By William Shake-speare.
Performance: As it hath beene diuerse times acted by his Highnesse seruants in the Cittie of London: as also in the two Vniuersities of Cambridge and Oxford, and else-where
Imprint: At London printed for N. L. and Iohn Trundell. 1603.

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Stationer Information

Printer: Simmes, Valentine
Publisher: Ling, Nicholas; Trundle, John
Entries in Stationers' Register: Jul 26, 1602: Entered to James Roberts: "A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke as yt was lately Acted by the Lo: Chamberleyn his servantes."
Nov 19, 1607: Transferred from Nicholas Ling to John Smethwick: "a booke called Hamlett".
Aug 24, 1642: Transferred from John Smethwick decd. to Francis Smethwick: "salvo iure cuiuscunque ... Hamblett, a play."
Sep 14, 1642: Transferred from Francis Smethwick to Miles Flesher: "Hamlett. a play."