DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1606 Marston, John The Wonder of Women, or Sophonisba

Reference Information

DEEP #: 428
Greg #: 231a(i)
STC/Wing #: 17488
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Boys Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 28
Date of First Publication: 1606
Date of First Production: 1605 [1605-1606]
Company of First Production: Children of the Queen's Revels
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 quarto (bibliographically independent and in collection), 1 octavo in collection
Variants: There are three issues of this edition: Greg 231a(i) names the Blackfriars theater; the cancel title page for Greg 231a(ii) lists a different play title and does not name a theater. Greg 231a(i) was also issued in the 1652 Marston collection (Wing M816). See also Greg 231a(ii)

Title-Page Features

Title: THE WONDER of Women Or The Tragedie of Sophonisba,
Author: Written by IOHN MARSTON.
Performance: as it hath beene sundry times Acted at the Blacke Friers.
Imprint: LONDON. Printed by Iohn Windet and are to be sold neere Ludgate. 1606.

Paratextual Material

To the Reader: "To the generall Reader" signed "Io. Marston" [A2r]; note without heading [G3v]
Argument: "Argumentum" [A2v]
Character List: "Interlocutores" [A2v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Windet, John
Bookseller: Cotton, William
Imprint Location: Q.3 (Ludgate - Within)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Mar 17, 1606: Entered to Eleazar Edgar: "a booke called the wonder of woemen, or the Tragedie of Sophonisba &ces".
Apr 19, 1613: Transferred from Eleazar Edgar to John Hodgets: "The wonder of Women or the tragedie of Sophonisba".