DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1615 Smith, Wentworth (?); Smith, William (?) The Hector of Germany, or The Palsgrave, Prime Elector

Reference Information

DEEP #: 623
Greg #: 329a
STC/Wing #: 22871
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Nonprofessional (?)
Genre (Annals): Pseudo-History
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 33
Date of First Publication: 1615
Date of First Production: 1614 [c.1614-1615]
Company of First Production: n/a
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 quarto
Variants: The title page exists in two states: the original title page for Greg 329a was replaced by a cancel in 329a(cancel); the differences are slight, affecting mainly punctuation and formatting, and the reason for the cancel is obscure. See also Greg 329a(cancel)

Title-Page Features

Title: THE HECTOR OF GERMANY. OR The Palsgraue, Prime Elector. A New Play, an Honourable History.
Author: Made by W. SMITH: with new Additions.
Performance: As it hath beene publickly Acted at the Red-Bull, and at the Curtayne, by a Company of Young-men of this Citie.
Latin Motto: Historia vita temporis.
Imprint: Printed at London by Thomas Creede, for Iosias Harrison, and are to be solde in Pater-Noster-Row, at the Signe of the Golden Anker. 1615.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: Epistle to: John Swinnerton, Lord Mayor; from: "W. Smith" [A2r]
Explicit: FINIS. W. Smyth. [I1v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Creede, Thomas
Publisher: Harrison, Josias
Imprint Location: C.7 (Newgate Within - Paternoster Row)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Apr 24, 1615: Entered to Josias Harrison: "A play called The Hector of Germany. or, the Palsgraue [is a harmless thinge deleted]".
Apr 15, 1619: Transferred from Josias Harrison to Thomas Jones (2): "the Palsgraue".
Oct 24, 1633: Transferred from Thomas Jones (2) to Augustine Mathewes: "The Palsgrave".
Additional Notes: This play has traditionally been attributed to Wentworth Smith. For the recent attribution to William Smith, see David Kathman's entries for both authors in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.