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Sixteen play quartos certainly inscribed by Buc

  1. Nicholas Udall, Thersytes (1562?: STC 23949): Huntington Library RB69630: Buc's "E" appears on the title-page.

  2. William Wager, The Longer thou Livest the more Fool thou art (?1568: STC 24935): British Library C.34.e.37; reproduced in Tudor Facsimile Texts (London: Privately Printed, 1910). Buc has annotated one item in the Dramatis Personae on the verso of the title-page:
    Confusion the devills messenger

  3. Jacob and Esau (1568: STC 14327); Huntington Library RB61856. Buc's "E" appears on the title-page.

  4. George Peele, The Arraignment of Paris (1584: STC 19530): Huntington Library RB69051:
    by Ge: Peele, as I reme{m}ber

  5. Robert Wilmot, The Tragedie of Tancred and Gismund. Compiled by the Gentlemen of the Inner Temple, and by them presentede before her Maiestie. Newly reuiued and polished according to the decorum of these daies (1592: STC 25764a); Folger Shakespeare Library (by STC number). The expansion of the author's initials may be in another hand (here in italics); an inscribed scene designation is clearly in Buc's hand:
    By R. Wilmot &c:

    The Scene Salerno in Sicil.

  6. Robert Greene, Orlando Furioso (1594: STC 12265), Victoria and Albert Museum Library Dyce 4245: Buc's "E" appears on the title-page.

  7. W. S., Locrine (1595: STC 21528): Shakespeare Collection, Bodmer Library, Coligny, Switzerland: reproduced in Tannenbaum, Shakspere Forgeries in the Revels Accounts (New York, 1928). Buc's "E" appears on the title-page. Buc has also added a note:
    Charles Tilney wrot[e a] Tragedy of this mattr [which] hee named Estrild [which] I think is this. it was [lost] by his death. & now s[ome] fellon [or fellou] hath published [it]. I made du{m}be shewes for it. w{hi}ch I yet haue. G. B.

  8. Robert Greene, The Scottish Historie of Iames the Fourth (1598: STC 12308): British Library C.34.g.20; reproduced in Tannenbaum, Shakspere Forgeries in the Revels Accounts (New York, 1928). Buc's "E" appears on the title-page. Also, Buc has altered the title:
    The SCOTTISH Historie or rather fiction of English & Scotish matters comicall [of Iames the fourth, slaine at Flodden].

  9. Sir Clyomon and Clamydes (1599: STC 05450a), Newberry Library Case 3.A.511: Buc's "E" appears on the title-page.
    B[y G] Peel
    F3v: "Iesu" cancelled in pencil by horizontal line; small circle over; G2v: "Iesu, Iesu" cancelled in pencil by horizontal line.

  10. George a Greene, the Pinner of Wakefield (1599: STC 12212): Folger Shakespeare Library (under STC number); t-p reproduced in Mark Eccles, "Sir George Buc, Master of the Revels," Thomas Lodge and Other Elizabethans , ed. Charles J. Sisson (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard UP, 1933), opp. P. 412. Buc's "E" appears on the title-page. Also, Buc has added two notes in his own hand:
    Written by ............ a minister, who ac[ted]
    the pin{n}ers part in it himself. Teste W. Shakespea[re]

    Ed. Juby saith that this play was made by Ro. Gree[ne]

  11. Robert Greene, The Comicall Historie of Alphonsus, King of Aragon (1599: STC 12233); Victoria and Albert Museum, Dyce Collection. Buc's "E" appears on the title-page. Also, Buc has improved the title-page attribution to "R. G.":
    Made by R. Green
    Finally, Buc has touched up the printed "G" with a characteristic flourish.

  12. Henry Chettle and Thomas Dekker, The Pleasant Comodie of Patient Grissill (1603: STC 6518): Huntington Library RB40392. Buc's "E" appears on the title-page. Also, Buc has inserted a cursive "E" into "COMODIE" in the title to make "COMOEDIE." Further, has supplied the name of the author:
    By H. Chetill.

  13. George Peele, Edward I (1599: STC 19536): Huntington Library RB69048. Buc has supplied the name of the author:
    By George Peele

  14. Philotus (Edinburgh, 1603: STC 19888): National Library of Scotland copy. The printed title reads:
    Ane verie excellent and delectabill Treatise intitulit PHILOTVS.
    Buc has added an inscription which in effect changes "Treatise" to entirlude; he has also added, beneath "PHILOTVS":
    A Scotch comoedy

  15. Matthew Gwinne, Nero Tragoedia Nova (1603: STC 12551): Columbia University Library B823 G99. Buc has added a clarification to the title-page:
    Domitij Neronis Claudij imp{eratoris} trag{oedia}
    He has added a similar clarification of the name DOMITIVS Nero Imp{erator} in the "Actorum nomina" list on the verso of the title-page:
    Nero Claudius ap{ud} Suetoniu{m} dictus
    This explains that the secondary name "Claudius" was used by Suetonius.

  16. The First Part of Ieronimo (1605: STC 15085): British Library C.34.d.8. Buc has altered the title:
    THE FIRST PART of Ieronimo, or of the Spanish Tragedy.


Four play quartos possibly inscribed by Buc

  1. Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 2 (1600: STC 22288a): British Library C.34.k.12. A faint cursive "E" characteristic of many of Buc's inscribed play quartos may be just visible beneath the word "Shakespeare" on the title-page.

  2. Shakespeare, Henry V (1600: STC 22289): Huntington Library RB 69321; reproduced in Shakespeare's Plays in Quarto: A Facsimile of Copies Primarily from the Henry E. Huntington Library, ed. Michael J. B. Allen and Kenneth Muir (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1981); also on Reel 353 of the University Microfilm series. Among the numerous inscriptions on the title-page, the one which reads
    much ye same w{i}th y{a}t in Shakespeare
    may be in Buc's hand.

  3. Captain Thomas Stukeley (1605: STC 23405): British Library C.34.i.31; reproduced in Tudor Facsimile Texts (London: Privately Printed, 1911; rpt. AMS 1970).

    An inscribed letter-cluster "EEob" contains two cursive "E"s characteristic of other play quartos inscribed by Buc. The meaning of these letters and letter-clusters remains a mystery; also their connection with Buc.

  4. W. S., The Puritaine or The Widdow of Watling-streete (1607: STC 21531); British Library C.34.l.4. A hand, which may be Buc's, has altered the closing formula (following the final line of text) from
    Deus dedit his quoq{ue} finem.
    to
    Diabolus dedit his quoq{ue} finem.

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