DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1601 Jonson, Ben Cynthia's Revels, or The Fountain of Self-Love

Reference Information

DEEP #: 320
Greg #: 181a(i)
STC/Wing #: 14773
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Boys Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 46
Date of First Publication: 1601
Date of First Production: 1600 [1600-1601]
Company of First Production: Children of the Chapel (second)
Company Attribution: Children of the Chapel (second)
Total Editions: 1 quarto, 2 folios in collection
Variants: The preliminaries exist in three states: Greg 181a(i) does not contain a dedication; Greg 181 a(ii) contains one of two special dedications. See also Greg 181a(ii)

Title-Page Features

Author: Written by BEN: IOHNSON.
Performance: As it hath beene sundry times priuately acted in the Black-Friers by the Children of her Maiesties Chappell.
Latin Motto: Quod non dant Proceres, dabit Histrio. Haud tamen inuideas vati, quem pulpita pascunt.
Imprint: Imprinted at London for Walter Burre, and are to be solde at his shop in Paules Church-yard, at the signe of the Flower de-Luce and Crowne. 1601.

Paratextual Material

To the Reader: "Ad Lectorem. | Nasutum volo, nolo polyposum." [A2r]
Character List: "The number and names of the Actors" [A1v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Read, Richard
Publisher: Burre, Walter
Imprint Location: A.2 (Paul's Churchyard - Great North Door)
Entries in Stationers' Register: May 23, 1601: Entered to Walter Burre: "A booke called narcissus the fountaine of self love".
Jul 3, 1630: Transferred from the widow of Walter Burre to John Spencer: "Narcissus the fountaine of love."
Jul 4, 1635: Transferred from Walter Burre decd. to William Stansby: "by vertue of a noate vnder the hand" of Walter Burre and Matthew Lownes, Warden, "bearing date the 10th of Iune 1621 ... Cinthias Reuells".