DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1600 Shakespeare, William; Peele, George Titus Andronicus

Reference Information

DEEP #: 172
Greg #: 117b
STC/Wing #: 22329
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 2
Play Edition: 2
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; Lord Chamberlain's (Hunsdon'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 hath sundry times beene playde by the Right Honourable the Earle of Pembrooke, the Earle of Darbie, the Earle of Sussex, and the Lorde Chamberlaine theyr Seruants.
Imprint: AT LONDON, Printed by I. R. for Edward White and are to bee solde at his shoppe, at the little North doore of Paules, at the signe of the Gun. 1600.

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Stationer Information

Printer: Roberts, James
Publisher: 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.