DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1655 Shakespeare, William King Lear

Reference Information

DEEP #: 519
Greg #: 265e
STC/Wing #: S2957
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 3
Play Edition: 5
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 Vnfortunat life of EDGAR, sonne and heire to the Earle of Glocester, and his sullen assumed humour of TOM of Bedlam.
Author: M. William Shake-speare, HIs
Performance: As it was plaid before the Kings Maiesty at Whit-Hall, vppon S. Stephens night, in Christmas Hollldaies. By his Maiesties Servants, playing vsually at the Globe on the Bank-side.
Imprint: LONDON. Printed by Jane Bell, and are to be sold at the East-end of Christ-Church. 1655.

Paratextual Material

Other Paratexts: Advertisement for books "Sold by Jane Bell" [A1v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Bell, Jane
Imprint Location: C.1 (Newgate Within - Christ Church)
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".