DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1656 Middleton, Thomas; Rowley, William; Heywood, Thomas The Old Law, or A New Way to Please You

Reference Information

DEEP #: 1124
Greg #: 766a
STC/Wing #: M1048
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 48
Date of First Publication: 1656
Date of First Production: 1618 [1618-1619]
Company of First Production: Unknown
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 quarto

Title-Page Features

Title: THE Excellent Comedy, called THE OLD LAW: OR A new way to please you. ... Together with an exact and perfect Catalogue of all the Playes, with the Authors Names, and what are Comedies, Tragedies, Histories, Pastoralls, Masks, Interludes, more exactly Printed then ever before.
Author: By {Phil. Massinger. | Tho. Middleton. | William Rowley.
Performance: Acted before the King and Queene at Salisbury House, and at severall other places, with great Applause.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed for Edward Archer, at the signe of the Adam and Eve, in Little Britaine. 1656.

Paratextual Material

Character List: "Persons of the Play" [A2v]
Other Paratexts: "An Exact and perfect Catalogue of all the Plaies that were ever printed; together, with all the Authors names; and what are Comedies, Histories, Interludes, Masks, Pastorels, Tragedies: And all these Plaies you may either have at the Signe of the Adam and Eve, in Little Britain; or, at the Ben Johnson's Head in Thredneedle-street, over against the Exchange" [a1r]

Stationer Information

Printer: [unknown]
Publisher: Archer, Edward
Imprint Location: F.4 (Aldersgate Without - Little Britain)
Entries in Stationers' Register: None
Additional Notes: Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture attributes the play to Middleton, Rowley, and Heywood and dates the first production to 1618-1619; Annals attributes it to Middleton, Rowley, and Massinger and dates it to 1618(?).