DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1611 Shakespeare, William; Peele, George Titus Andronicus

Reference Information

DEEP #: 173
Greg #: 117c
STC/Wing #: 22330
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 3
Play Edition: 3
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 40
Date of First Publication: 1594
Date of First Production: 1592 [1590-1592]
Company of First Production: Unknown
Company Attribution: King's Men
Total Editions: 3 quartos, 2 folios in collection

Title-Page Features

Title: THE MOST LAMENTABLE TRAGEDIE of Titus Andronicus.
Performance: AS IT HATH SVNDRY times beene plaide by the Kings Maiesties Seruants.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed for Eedward White, and are to be solde at his shoppe, nere the little North dore of Pauls, at the signe of the Gun. 1611.

Paratextual Material


Stationer Information

Printer: Allde, Edward
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: Greg calls this edition a quarto-form octavo [(4°-form) 8°], but it is better described as a large-paper quarto; see G.T. Tanselle, "The Concept of Format," Studies in Bibliography 53 (2000): 67-115. 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.