Steevens is, I believe, the earliest among editors to attempt to fix the Date of publication of this play. In the Variorum of 1785 (p. 131) he calls attention to the following entry in the Stationers' Registers:

xix die Octobris. [1593]
Symond waterson.Entred for his Copie vnder th andes of bothe the wardens a booke intituled The Tragedye of Cleopatra .. ..vjd 1

This Symon Waterson, Steevens goes on to say, was the printer of some of Daniel's works; the foregoing entry probably refers, therefore, “to Daniel's Cleopatra, of which there are several editions.” Steevens found a second entry, of which he remarks that “it is the first notice I have met with concerning any edition of this play, more ancient than the folio of 1623.” It is as follows:

20 maij [1608]
Edward Blount.Entred for his copie vnder th andes of Sir George Buck knight and Master Warden Seton A booke called. The booke of Pericles prynce of Tyre .. .. .. .. .. ..vjd
Edward Blunt.Entred also for his copie by the lyke Aucthoritie. A booke Called. Anthony. and Cleopatra .. .. ..vjd 2

1 Arber's Transcript, II, 638.

2 Arber's Transcript, III, 378.

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