DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1608 Middleton, Thomas The Family of Love

Reference Information

DEEP #: 509
Greg #: 263a
STC/Wing #: 17879
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Boys Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 36
Date of First Publication: 1608
Date of First Production: 1603 [c.1603-1607]
Company of First Production: Admiral's (Nottingham's) Men
Company Attribution: Children of the King's Revels
Total Editions: 1 quarto
Variants: The title page exists in two states, both with the same Greg number (263a) but different STC numbers: in STC 17879, the play title reads "FAMELIE"; in STC 17879a, it reads "FAMILIE." See also the other Greg 263a

Title-Page Features

Performance: Acted by the Children of his Maiesties Reuells.
Latin Motto: [in single column] Lectori. | Sydera iungamus, facito mihi Iuppiter adsit, | Et tibi Mercurius noster dabit omnia faxo.
Imprint: At London Printed for Iohn Helmes, and are to be sold in Saint Dunstans Churchyard in Fleetstreet. 1608.

Paratextual Material

To the Reader: "To the Reader" [A2r]
Character List: "Actorum Nomina" [A2r]

Stationer Information

Printer: Bradock, Richard
Publisher: Helme, John
Imprint Location: W.9 (Fleet St. - St. Dunstan's Church / Clifford's Inn)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Oct 12, 1607: Entered to John Browne (1) and John Helme: "A playe called the family of Loue as yt hath bene Lately acted by the Children of his mates Reuelles".
Dec 3, 1627: Transferred from Anne Helme (the widow of John Helme) to William Washington (as a copy of John Helme or Thomas Dewe): "The family of Love."