DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1594 Marlowe, Christopher Edward the Second

Reference Information

DEEP #: 197
Greg #: 129a
STC/Wing #: 17437
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): History
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 48
Date of First Publication: 1594
Date of First Production: 1592 [1591-1593]
Company of First Production: Pembroke's Men
Company Attribution: Pembroke's Men
Total Editions: 4 quartos

Title-Page Features

Title: The troublesome raigne and lamentable death of Edward the second, King of England: with the tragicall fall of proud Mortimer:
Author: Written by Chri. Marlow Gent.
Performance: As it was sundrie times publiquely acted in the honourable citie of London, by the right honourable the Earle of Pembrooke his seruants.
Imprint: Imprinted at London for William Iones, dwelling neere Holbourne conduit, at the signe of the Gunne. 1594.

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Stationer Information

Colophon: Imprinted at London for William Ihones, and are to be solde at his shop, neere vnto Houlburne Conduit. 1594. [M3r]
Printer: Robinson, Robert
Publisher: Jones, William (2)
Imprint Location: D.5 (Newgate Without - Holborn Conduit)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Jul 6, 1593: Entered to William Jones (2): "A booke. Intituled The troublesom Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second, king of England, wth the tragicall fall of proud Mortymer".
Dec 16, 1611: Transferred from William Jones (2) to Roger Barnes: "A booke called the troublesome raygne & lamentable deathe of Edward the 2d. by Chr[is]. Marlowe gent[leman]".
Apr 17, 1617: Transferred from Roger Barnes to Henry Bell: "a booke Called The tragedie of Edward the seconde written by Christofer Marloe."
Sep 4, 1638: Transferred from Henry Bell and Moses Bell to John Haviland and John Wright (1): "Saluo Iure Cuiuscunque. ... Edward the Second by Mr Marloe. a Play."
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.