King Richard II

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INTRODUCTION

I. TEXT

There are five Quarto editions of the play before the First Folio, one in 1597, two in 1598, and one each in 1608 and 1615.1 The relation of these Quartos to one another has been thoroughly investigated by A. W. Pollard, whose findings are set down here. The first Quarto derives either directly or through intermediate transcriptions from Shakespeare's manuscript, and each of the other Quartos is a reprint of its immediate predecessor.

First Quarto (Q1), title-page:

THE / Tragedie of King Ri / chard the se- / cond. / As it hath
beene publikely acted / by the right Honourable the / Lorde Chamberlaine
his Ser- / uants
. [Device] / LONDON / Printed by Valentine Simmes
for Androw [sic] Wise, and / are to be sold at his shop in Paules
church yard at / the signe of the Angel. / 1597

Running title: The Tragedie of / King Richard the second
Collation: A-I4, K2.

Q1 was entered in the Stationers' Register by Andrew Wise on 29 August 1597, Wise having presumably purchased his copy from Shakespeare's company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men. Three copies of Q1 are known: in the Capell collection at Trinity College, Cambridge, in the British Museum (formerly the property of Alfred Huth), and in the Huntington Library, California (formerly the property of the Duke of Devonshire).† Some errors on certain sheets were detected in the printing-house in the course of the printing of this edition. Because these were corrected in some copies of these sheets only, and the corrected and uncorrected sheets bound up at random into the volumes in accordance with the usual practice, the three extant copies of Q1 chance to differ from one another in their proportion of corrected and uncorrected sheets.2 This Quarto, like the two which immediately follow it,

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1
For a full bibliographical description of these, see W. W. Greg, A Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the Restoration, I ( 1939), no. 141.
2
The sheets affected are A, B, C, D, and I. Of these Q1 (Hunt.) has two (A and D) in the uncorrected state, and three in the corrected (B, C, and I); Q1 (Huth) has the corrected sheets A, C, and D and the uncorrected B and I; Q1 (Cap.) has only one corrected sheet (I).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Arden Shakespeare ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Preface to the Fifth Edition (1961) viii
  • Abbreviations ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Characters - (in Order of Speaking) 2
  • The Tragedy of King Richard the Second 3
  • Scene III.-- [the LIsts at Coventry.] 16
  • Scene IV. -- [the Court] - [ Enter the King with Bagot and Greene at One Door; and the Lord Aumerle at Another.] 21
  • Act II 46
  • Scene II.--[windsorcastle.] 69
  • Scene IV. --[a Camp in Wales.] 88
  • Act III 90
  • Scene II.-- [the Coast of Wales.] 94
  • Scene IV. --[the Duke of York's Garden.] 105
  • Act IV 124
  • Act V 145
  • Scene III.--[windsor Castle.] 152
  • Scene IV. -- [windsor Castle.] 159
  • Scene V. -- [a Prison at Pomfret Castle.] 169
  • Scene VI.--[windsor Castle.] 177
  • Appendix I 181
  • Appendix II 198
  • Appendix IV 207
  • Additional Notes to Text and Commentary 208
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