DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1656 Dekker, Thomas; Ford, John The Sun's Darling

Reference Information

DEEP #: 1126
Greg #: 767a(i†)
STC/Wing #: F1467
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Boys Professional
Genre (Annals): Moral Masque
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 26
Date of First Publication: 1656
Date of First Production: 1624 [licensed for stage, Mar 3; revised 1638-1639]
Company of First Production: Lady Elizabeth's Men
Company Attribution: Beeston's Boys
Total Editions: 1 quarto
Variants: There are two issues of this edition, both with variant states. The preliminaries for the first issue, dated 1656, exist in five states: both Greg 767a(i*) and Greg 767a(i†) are dedicated to Thomas Wriothesley, with the text of Greg 767a(i*) being in smaller type; Greg 767a(i§) is dedicated to Robert Pierrepont and the Marquesse of Dorchester; Greg 767a(i║) is dedicated to Algernon Percy; Greg 767a(i‡) is dedicated to Lady (Elizabeth) Newton. The second issue, dated 1657, contains the dedication to Wriothesley; its title page exists in two states: Greg 767a(ii) advertises performances at Whitehall and the Cockpit in Drury Lane, while Greg 767a(iii) advertises only the performance at the Cockpit. See also Greg 767a(i*); 767a(i§); 767a(i║); 767a(i‡); 767a(ii); 767a(iii)

Title-Page Features

Title: THE Sun's-Darling: A Moral Masque:
Author: Written by { John Foard | and | Tho. Decker } Gent.
Performance: As it hath been often presented at Whitehall, by their Majesties Servants; and after at the Cock-pit in Drury Lane, with great Applause.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by J. Bell, for Andrew Penneycuicke, Anno Dom. 1656.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Epistle Dedicatory" to: Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton; from: Theophilus Bird; and Andrew Penneycuicke [A2r]
Commendatory Verses: 1: by "John Tatham" [A3r]
To the Reader: "Reader" (with accompanying verses) [A3r]
Character List: "The Names of the Persons" [A4v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Bell, Jane
Publisher: Penneycuicke, Andrew
Entries in Stationers' Register: None