DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1657 Carlell, Lodowick Osmond the Great Turk, or The Noble Servant

Reference Information

DEEP #: 1148
Greg #: 780a
STC/Wing #: C579
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragicomedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Octavo
Leaves: 32
Date of First Publication: 1657
Date of First Production: 1622 [licensed for stage, Sep 6]
Company of First Production: King's Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 octavo (bibliographically independent and in collection)
Also appears in collection: Two New Plays (1657)

Title-Page Features

Title: THE FAMOUS TRAGEDY OF OSMOND The great TURK, Otherwise called the NOBLE SERVANT.
Author: Written by LODOWICK CARLELL, Gent.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed for Humphrey Moseley, at his shop at the Princes Armes in St. Pauls Church-yard. 1657.

Paratextual Material

Character List: "Drammatis Personæ" [A1v]

Stationer Information

Printer: [unknown]
Publisher: Moseley, Humphrey
Imprint Location: A.2 (Paul's Churchyard - Great North Door)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Sep 9, 1653: Entered to Humphrey Moseley: "the severall Playes following. ... Osman, the Great Turke, or The Noble seruant. ... by ... Lod: Carlel."
Additional Notes: Greg writes, "There seems no evidence that this play was ever issued independently, though it is sometimes found alone" (Bibliography 2:888). Annals dates this play to 1637 [1622-c.1638], but N. W. Bawcutt supplies a transcript of Henry Herbert's license to the King's Men from September 6, 1622 (The Control and Censorship of Caroline Drama [Clarendon, 1996], 137).