DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1655 Shirley, James The Gentleman of Venice

Reference Information

DEEP #: 1111
Greg #: 747a(ii)
STC/Wing #: S3468
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragicomedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 42
Date of First Publication: 1655
Date of First Production: 1639 [licensed for stage, Oct 30]
Company of First Production: Ogilby's Men; Queen Henrietta Maria's Men
Company Attribution: Queen Henrietta Maria's Men
Total Editions: 1 edition issued in both quarto and octavo (bibliographically independent and in collection)
Variants: There are three issues of this edition: Greg 747a(i) was printed in octavo and most likely intended to be included in a reissue of the 1653 Shirley collection (Wing S3486) and was perhaps also issued as a single-play playbook; Greg 747a(ii) was printed from the same setting of type but reimposed in quarto, with altered signatures; it was only issued as a single-play playbook. See also Greg 747a(i)

Title-Page Features

Author: Written by JAMES SHIRLEY.
Performance: Presented at the Private house in Salisbury Court by her Majesties Servants.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed for Humphrey Moseley and are to be sold at his Shop at the Princes Armes in St. Pauls Church-yard. 1655.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Epistle Dedicatory" to: Thomas Nightingale, Baronet; from: James Shirley [A2r]
Character List: "The names with some small Characters of the Persons" [A3r]

Stationer Information

Printer: Wilson, William
Publisher: Moseley, Humphrey
Imprint Location: A.2 (Paul's Churchyard - Great North Door)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Jul 9, 1653: Entered to Humphrey Moseley: "a Play called the Gentleman of Venice Written by Iames Shirley."