DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1649 Cavendish, William The Variety

Reference Information

DEEP #: 1048
Greg #: 692a
STC/Wing #: N877
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Duodecimo
Leaves: 46
Date of First Publication: 1649
Date of First Production: 1641 [1639-1642; licensed for stage, 1641]
Company of First Production: King's Men
Company Attribution: King's Men
Total Editions: 1 duodecimo (bibliographically independent and in collection)
Also appears in collection: The Country Captain, and The Variety (1649)

Title-Page Features

Performance: Lately presented by His Majesties Servants at the Black-Friers.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at his Shop at the Princes Armes in St. Pauls Church-yard. 1649.

Paratextual Material

Character List: "Dramatis personæ" [A2r]

Stationer Information

Printer: [unknown]
Publisher: Moseley, Humphrey
Imprint Location: A.2 (Paul's Churchyard - Great North Door)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Sep 4(?), 1646: Entered to Humphrey Robinson and Humphrey Moseley: "these seueral Tragedies & Comedies herevnder mencioned (vizt.) [(Saluo iure cuiusumque) deleted] ... Varieties ... by my Lord of Newcastle."
Additional Notes: Greg lists this edition as bibliographically independent, though he notes that there is "no evidence" it was "ever issued separately" (Bibliography, 3:1032). Wing only lists it under the collection number (N877). Annals dates the first production of this play to 1639-1642, but N. W. Bawcutt supplies a transcript of Henry Herbert's license from 1641: "Variety Com: with several reformations made by Shirley 1641. My Lod Newcastle, as is said hath some hand in it. 1641 allowed upon review without exception" (The Control and Censorship of Caroline Drama [Clarendon, 1996], 209).