DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1594 Shakespeare, William; Peele, George Titus Andronicus

Reference Information

DEEP #: 171
Greg #: 117a
STC/Wing #: 22328
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 40
Date of First Publication: 1594
Date of First Production: 1592 [1590-1592]
Company of First Production: Unknown
Company Attribution: Derby's (Strange's) Men; Pembroke's Men; Sussex's Men
Total Editions: 3 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: THE MOST LAmentable Romaine Tragedie of Titus Andronicus:
Performance: As it was Plaide by the Right Honourable the Earle of Darbie, Earle of Pembrooke, and Earle of Sussex their Seruants.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by Iohn Danter, and are to be sold by Edward White & Thomas Millington, at the little North doore of Paules at the signe of the Gunne. 1594.

Paratextual Material

Explicit: Finis the Tragedie of Titus Andronicus. [K4v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Danter, John
Bookseller: Millington, Thomas; White, Edward (1)
Imprint Location: A.1 (Paul's Churchyard - Little North Door)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Feb 6, 1594: Entered to John Danter: "a booke intituled a Noble Roman Historye of Tytus Andronicus".
Apr 19, 1602: Transferred from Thomas Millington to Thomas Pavier: "A booke called Titus and Andronicus".
Aug 4, 1626: Transferred from the widow of Thomas Pavier to Edward Brewster and Robert Bird: "Tytus & Andronicus".
Nov 8, 1630: Transferred from Robert Bird to Richard Cotes: "Titus and Andronicus."
Additional Notes: William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion dates the first production to 1592; Annals dates it to 1594 [Jan 24; possibly written in 1590-1592]. For the authorial collaboration between Peele and Shakespeare, see Brian Vickers, Shakespeare, Co-Author: A Historical Study of Five Collaborative Plays (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2002), 148-243.