DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1584 Lyly, John Sappho and Phao

Reference Information

DEEP #: 111
Greg #: 82a
STC/Wing #: 17086
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Boys Professional
Genre (Annals): Classical Legend (Comedy)
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 26
Date of First Publication: 1584
Date of First Production: c.1583
Company of First Production: Children of the Chapel (first); Children of Paul's (first)
Company Attribution: Children of the Chapel (first);Children of Paul's (first)
Total Editions: 3 quartos, 1 duodecimo in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: Sapho and Phao,
Performance: Played beefore the Queenes Maiestie on Shroue-tewsday, by her Maiesties Children, and the Boyes of Paules.
Imprint: Imprinted at London for Thomas Cadman. 1584.

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Stationer Information

Colophon: Imprinted at London by Thomas Dawson, for Thomas Cadman. [G2r]
Printer: Dawson, Thomas
Publisher: Cadman, Thomas
Entries in Stationers' Register: Apr 6, 1584: Entered to Thomas Cadman: "yf he gett ye commedie of sappho laufully alowed vnto him. Then nonne of this cumpanie shall Interrupt him to enioye yt".
Apr 12, 1597: Transferred from Thomas Cadman (decd?) to Joan Broome: "Sapho & phao."
Aug 23, 1601: Transferred from Joan Broome decd. to George Potter: "Sapho and Phao".
Jan 9, 1628: Entered to Edward Blount (by order of a full court): "Sapho, and Phao."