DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1652 Fletcher, John The Wild Goose Chase

Reference Information

DEEP #: 1060
Greg #: 706a
STC/Wing #: B1616
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Folio
Leaves: 32
Date of First Publication: 1652
Date of First Production: 1621(?)
Company of First Production: King's Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 folio

Title-Page Features

Title: THE Wild-Goose Chase. A COMEDIE.
Author: Being the Noble, Last, and Onely Remaines of those Incomparable Drammatists { FRANCIS BEAVMONT, | AND | JOHN FLETCHER, } Gent. Retriv'd for the publick delight of all the Ingenious; And private Benefit Of { JOHN LOWIN, | And | JOSEPH TAYLOR, } Servants to His late MAJESTIE. By a Person of Honour.
Performance: As it hath been Acted with singular Applause at the Black-Friers:
Latin Motto: Ite bonis avibus ——
Imprint: LONDON, Printed for Humpherey Moseley, and are to be sold at the Princes Armes in St. Paules Church-yard. 1652.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Dedication" to: "the Honour'd, Few, Lovers of Drammatick Poesie"; from: Joseph Lowin; and Joseph Taylor (actors) [A2r]
Commendatory Verses: 5: by "Richard Lovelace"; "Norreys Jephson"; "W. E."; "H: Harington"; "James Ramsey" [A2v]
Character List: "Drammatis Personæ" [a2v]
Actor List: part of "Drammatis Personæ" [a2v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Wilson, William
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] ... Wild goose chase. ... by mr Beamont & mr fflesher."
Apr 12, 1652: Entered to Humphrey Moseley: "A Play called the Wild-Goose Chase Written by Fra: Beaumont & Iohn Fletcher Gent".
Additional Notes: The printer attribution is from ESTC, citing the Pforzheimer Catalogue.