DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1611 Marlowe, Christopher Doctor Faustus

Reference Information

DEEP #: 371
Greg #: 205c
STC/Wing #: 17431
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 3
Play Edition: 3
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 24
Black Letter: Yes
Date of First Publication: 1604
Date of First Production: 1592 [1592-1593]
Company of First Production: Admiral's (Nottingham's) Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 9 quartos

Title-Page Features

Title: THE TRAGICALL History of the horrible Life and Death Of DOCTOR FAVSTVS.
Author: Written by CH. MARL.
Imprint: Imprinted at London by G. E. for Iohn Wright, and are to be sold at his shop at Christ Church gate. 1611.

Paratextual Material


Stationer Information

Printer: Eld, George
Publisher: Wright, John (1)
Imprint Location: C.1 (Newgate Within - Christ Church)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Jan 7, 1601: Entered to Thomas Bushell: "A booke called the plaie of Doctor ffaustus".
Sep 13, 1610: Transferred from Thomas Bushell to John Wright (1): "The tragicall history of the horrible life & death of Dor. ffaustus, written by C. M:".
Jun 27, 1646: Transferred from John Wright (1) to Edward Wright: "The tragecall history of ye life & death of Doctor ffaustus a play."
Apr 4, 1655: Transferred from Edward Wright to William Gilbertson: "A Play called The Tragicall history of ye Life & death of Doctor Faustus."
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.