DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1617 Middleton, Thomas; Rowley, William A Fair Quarrel

Reference Information

DEEP #: 651
Greg #: 352a(ii)
STC/Wing #: 17911a
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragicomedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 39
Date of First Publication: 1617
Date of First Production: 1616 [c.1615-1617]
Company of First Production: Prince Charles's Men (first)
Company Attribution: Prince Charles's Men (first)
Total Editions: 2 quartos
Variants: There are two issues of this edition. In Greg 352a(ii), the cancel title page advertises "new Additions," and three leaves are inserted after leaf H3. The first issue, Greg 352a(i), does not contain this advertisement or these additional leaves. See also Greg 352a(i)

Title-Page Features

Title: A Faire Quarrell. With new Additions of Mr. Chaughs and Trimtrams Roaring, and the Bauds Song. Neuer before Printed.
Author: { Written by Thomas Midleton, | and William Rowley. } Gent.
Performance: As it was Acted before the King, bv the Prince his Highnesse Seruants.
Illustration: Woodcut on title page of two gentlemen dueling
Imprint: Printed at London for I. T. and are to bee sold at Christ Church Gate. 1617.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Epistle" to: Robert Grey (Groom of bedchamber to King Charles I); from: William Rowley [A2r]

Stationer Information

Printer: Eld, George
Publisher: Trundle, John
Bookseller: Wright, Edward
Imprint Location: C.1 (Newgate Within - Christ Church)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Sep 2, 1621: Transferred from John Trundle to Thomas Dewe: "these 2 play bookes followinge ... A faire quarrell."
Dec 3, 1627: Transferred from Anne Helme (widow of John Helme) to William Washington: "A faire quarrell."
May 21, 1628: Transferred from William Washington to Miles Flesher: "A faire quarrell."
Additional Notes: Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture dates the first production to Late 1616; Annals dates it to 1617 [c.1615-1617].