DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1605 Anonymous The True Chronicle of King Leir

Reference Information

DEEP #: 390
Greg #: 213a
STC/Wing #: 15343
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Legendary History
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 36
Date of First Publication: 1605
Date of First Production: 1590 [c.1588-1594]
Company of First Production: Queen Elizabeth's Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 quarto

Title-Page Features

Title: THE True Chronicle History of King LEIR, and his three daughters, Gonorill, Ragan, and Cordella.
Performance: As it hath bene diuers and sundry times lately acted.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by Simon Stafford for Iohn Wright, and are to bee sold at his shop at Christes Church dore, next Newgate-Market. 1605.

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Stationer Information

Printer: Stafford, Simon
Publisher: Wright, John (1)
Imprint Location: C.1 (Newgate Within - Christ Church)
Entries in Stationers' Register: May 14, 1594: Entered to Edward White (1) (replacing Adam Islip): "The moste famous Chronicle historye of Leire kinge of England and his Three Daughters".
May 8, 1605: Entered to Simon Stafford: "A booke called the Tragecall historie of Kinge Leir and his Three Daughters &ces. As it was latelie Acted".
May 8, 1605: Transferred from Simon Stafford to John Wright (1): "The Tragicall hist: of Kinge Leire and his Three Daughters / Provided that Simon Stafford shall haue the printinge of this booke".
Jun 29, 1624: Transferred from the widow of Edward White (2) to Edward Allde: "Leire and his daughters."
Apr 22, 1640: Transferred from the widow of Edward Allde to Richard Oulton: "Lear & his 3. daughters."
Apr 4, 1655: Transferred from Edward Wright to William Gilbertson: "The Tragicall history of Kinge Leire, & his 3. Daughters."