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Illuminating the Lives of the Earls of Southampton (1505-1667)

Venus and Adonis/1593/First Edition

Dedicated to Henry Wriothesley 3EOS (1573-1624)

Shakespeare Documented/Bodleian Library 
Copy-specific information:
William Shakespeare
Title: Venus and Adonis
Date: London: Imprinted by Richard Field, 1593
Repository: Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening:  Arch. G. e.31 (2), title page & sig. A2r   
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This is the only known copy in existence of the first edition of Shakespeare’s first printed work, Venus and Adonis, which appeared in 1593. During his lifetime Shakespeare was known first and foremost as the author of Venus and Adonis. The erotic Ovidian poem made Shakespeare famous, and its influence on his reputation is difficult to overstate. It was printed almost twice as many times as his most successful play Henry IV Part 1, and was in fact the most popular work of vernacular poetry in the entire period.
Extract written by Adam G. Hooks


Lucrece/1594/First Edition

Dedicated to Henry Wriothesley 3EOS (1573-1624)

Shakespeare Document/Folger Shakespeare Library 
Copy-specific information:  
Creator: William Shakespeare  
Title:  Lucrece.  
Date:  Printed by Richard Field, for Iohn Harrison, and are to be sold at the signe of the white Greyhound in Paules Churh-yard [sic], 1594. 
Repository: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C.
Call number and opening:  STC 22345 copy 1, title page & sig. A2r
 STC 22345 copy 1, signature A2 recto
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Shakespeare’s Lucrece was first printed in 1594, fulfilling his promise to the earl of Southampton in the 1593 dedication to Venus and Adonis of “some grauer labour.” In the dedicatory epistle to Lucrece, which was likewise addressed to Southampton, Shakespeare writes of the “warrant I haue of your Honourable disposition,” which may imply a connection to, or even a reward of some sort from, the young earl. However there is no other evidence to indicate such a connection.

The copy shown here is held at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and is one of nine known to exist according to the English Short Title Catalogue.


Two sermons preached before the Kings most Excellent Majesty in the Church of Beauly in Hampshire/1609

Dedicated to Henry Wriothesley 3EOS (1573-1624)

The British Library

Title: Two sermons preached before the King's most excellent Majesty.
Author: Christopher Hampton, 1552-1625.
Rights: Terms governing use: Terms of use for Google books. 
Access restrictions: No restrictions. 
Publication Details: London, 1609. 
Identifier: System number: 018087616 
Physical Description: (4º) 
Shelfmark(s): General Reference Collection DRT Digital Store 1358.b.64. 
UIN: BLL01018087616

In 1609 Dr. Christopher Hampton dedicated two sermons, preached before the King at Beaulieu, to Henry Wriothesley, 3EOS.



WHilst other men study your Titles (Honourable Lord) I doe your Honours; and finde it a nearer way to giue actions, then words: for the talking man commonly goes about, and meetes the iustice at his errours end, not to be beleeu'd. Yet, if in modest actions, the circumstances of singularitie, and profession hurt not; it is true, that I made these Compositions solely for your Lordship, and doe here professe it. By which time, I haue done all that I had in purpose, and returne to my silence:
Where you are most honor'd by
Alfonso Ferrabosco.

Lessons for 1.2. and 3. viols./1609

Dedicated to Henry Wriothesley 3EOS (1573-1624)

The British Library 

Lessons for 1. 2. and 3. Viols,etc.
Author:  Alfonso Ferrabosco, approximately 1575-1628. 
Subjects: Dewey: 780
Publication Details: London: Thomas Snodham, for Iohn Brovvne, and are to be sould at his shop in Saint Dunstanes Church-yard in Fleetstreet, 1609.  
Identifier: System number 004334618 
Physical Description: (folio) 
Shelfmark(s):  Music Collections K.8.h.1. 
UIN:  BLL01004334618
Original in the British Library 
Available electronically as part of Early English books online.