DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1655 Massinger, Philip The Guardian

Reference Information

DEEP #: 5165.02
Greg #: 759a
STC/Wing #: n/a
Record Type: Play in Collection
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: n/a
Play Edition: 1
Format: Octavo
Leaves: 48 1/2
Date of First Publication: 1655
Date of First Production: 1633 [licensed for stage, Oct 31]
Company of First Production: King's Men
Company Attribution: King's Men
Total Editions: 1 octavo in collection
In Collection: Three New Plays (1655)

Title-Page Features

Author: Written by PHILIP MASSENGER, Gent.
Performance: As it hath been often acted at the Private-House in Black-Friars, by his late MAJESTIES Servants, with great Applause.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at his shop at the sign of the Prince's Arms in St. Pauls Church-yard. 1655.

Paratextual Material

Character List: "Dramatis Personæ" [G6v]
Other Paratexts: Two songs [N4r]

Stationer Information

Publisher: Moseley, Humphrey
Imprint Location: A.2 (Paul's Churchyard - Great North Door)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Sep 9, 1653: Entered to Humphrey Moseley: "the severall Playes following. ... The Citie honest man, or ye Guardian. ... by Phill: Massinger." (Greg: since the first part of the title does not apply to this play, it "must be supposed to refer to another piece".).
Jun 29, 1660: Entered to Humphrey Moseley: "the severall Plays following. ... The Gardian. ... by Phillip Massinger." (Greg: "Probably a mistake for the City Honest Man of 1653".)