DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1608 [i.e., 1619] Shakespeare, William King Lear

Reference Information

DEEP #: 518
Greg #: 265b
STC/Wing #: 22293
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 2
Play Edition: 2
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 44
Date of First Publication: 1608
Date of First Production: 1605 [1605-1606]
Company of First Production: King's Men
Company Attribution: King's Men
Total Editions: 3 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: True Chronicle History of the life and death of King Lear, and his three Daughters. With the vnfortunate life of EDGAR, sonne and heire to the Earle of Glocester, and his sullen and assumed humour of TOM of Bedlam.
Author: M. William Shake-speare, HIS
Performance: As it was plaid before the Kings Maiesty at White-Hall, vppon S. Stephens night, in Christmas Hollidaies. By his Maiesties Seruants, playing vsually at the Globe on the Banck-side.
Imprint: Printed for Nathaniel Butter. 1608.

Paratextual Material


Stationer Information

Printer: Jaggard, William
Publisher: Butter, Nathaniel (?); Pavier, Thomas
Entries in Stationers' Register: Nov 26, 1607: Entered to Nathaniel Butter and John Busby (1): "A booke called. Mr William Shakespeare his historye of Kynge Lear as yt was played before the kinges maiestie at Whitehall vppon St Stephans night at xpistmas Last by his maities servantes playinge vsually at the globe on the Banksyde".
May 21, 1639: Transferred from Nathaniel Butter to Miles Flesher: "saluo iure cuiuscunque ... The history of king Lear. by [William interlined above Iohn deleted] Shakspeare".
Additional Notes: The imprint is false; the volume was actually printed in 1619 by William Jaggard and apparently intended to form part of Thomas Pavier's Shakespeare collection of that year. Pavier may have worked out some financial arrangement with Nathaniel Butter, who owned the copy, since his name appears in the imprint.