DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1605 Shakespeare, William Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Reference Information

DEEP #: 349
Greg #: 197b(†)
STC/Wing #: 22276a
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 2
Play Edition: 2
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 52
Date of First Publication: 1603
Date of First Production: 1601 [1600-1601]
Company of First Production: Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon's) Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 5 quartos, 2 folios in collection
Variants: There are two issues of this edition: Greg 197b(*) is dated 1604; Greg 197b(†) is dated 1605. See also Greg 197b(*)

Title-Page Features

Title: THE Tragicall Historie of HAMLET, Prince of Denmarke.
Author: By William Shakespeare.
Imprint: Newly imprinted and enlarged to almost as much againe as it was, according to the true and perfect Coppie. AT LONDON, Printed by I. R. for N. L. and are to be sold at his shoppe vnder Saint Dunstons Church in Fleetstreet. 1605.

Paratextual Material


Stationer Information

Printer: Roberts, James
Publisher: Ling, Nicholas
Imprint Location: W.9 (Fleet St. - St. Dunstan's Church / Clifford's Inn)
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."