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Attribution scholars rely on a variety of historical documents for information about authorship. Such sources of so-called external evidence of authorship include: entries in the Stationers' Register; references in correspondence, diaries, and biographies; ledgers and receipts; legal records; playlists compiled by stationers; and so on.

This page hosts or links to transcriptions and/or digital images of such documents.

Bibliographies[edit | edit source]

Stationers' Register[edit | edit source]

  • Arber, Edwards, ed., A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers of London; 1554–1640, 5 vols (London, 1875–1894). Page images: (Vol. 1) [HathiTrust] (Vol. 2) [HathiTrust] [HathiTrust] [HathiTrust]
  • Bergel, Giles, and Ian Gadd, eds, Stationers' Register Online, CREATe, University of Glasgow, []
  • Eyre, G.E.B., and C.R. Rivington, eds, A Transcript of the Registers of the Worshipful Company of Stationers from 1640–1708, 3 vols (London, 1913–14). Page images: (Vol. 1) [HathiTrust] [Internet Archive] (Vol. 2) [HathiTrust] (Vol. 3) [HathiTrust]

Henslowe's Diary[edit | edit source]

Records of Early English Drama (REED)[edit | edit source]

  • [REED Online] (currently includes materials on Berkshire, Hampshire, Staffordshire, and the Rose Playhouse Prototype)

Playlists[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Extracts[edit | edit source]

Page created and maintained by Brett Greatley-Hirsch; updated on 31 August 2021.