DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1602 Jonson, Ben Poetaster, or The Arraignment

Reference Information

DEEP #: 327
Greg #: 186a
STC/Wing #: 14781
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Boys Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 50
Date of First Publication: 1602
Date of First Production: 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

Title-Page Features

Title: POETASTER or The Arraignment:
Author: Composed, by Ben. Iohnson.
Performance: As it hath beene sundry times priuately acted in the Blacke Friers, by the children of her Maiesties Chappell.
Latin Motto: Et mihi de nullo fama rubore placet.
Imprint: LONDON Printed for M. L. and are to be sould in Saint Dunstans Church-yarde. 1602.

Paratextual Material

To the Reader: "Ad lectorem" (in Latin) [A1v]; "To the Reader" [N1v]
Character List: "The Persons that Act" [A1v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Bradock, Richard
Publisher: Lownes, Matthew
Imprint Location: W.9 (Fleet St. - St. Dunstan's Church / Clifford's Inn)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Dec 21, 1601: Entered to Matthew Lownes: "A booke called. Poetaster or his arrainement".
Apr 10, 1627: Transferred from Matthew Lownes decd. to Thomas Lownes (4): "Poetastar by B Iohnson."
May 30, 1627: Transferred from Thomas Lownes (4) to Humphrey Lownes (1) and Robert Young: "Poetaster by Ben: Iohnson."
Nov 6, 1628: Transferred from Humphrey Lownes (2) to George Cole and George Latham: "Poetaster by Ben: Iohnson."
Dec 6, 1630: Transferred from George Cole and George Latham to Robert Young: "Poetaster".
Jul 22, 1644: Transferred from Robert Young decd. to James Young: "(Salvo iure cuiuscunque) ... Poetaster by Ben: Iohnson."