DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1623 Webster, John The Duchess of Malfi

Reference Information

DEEP #: 714
Greg #: 389a
STC/Wing #: 25176
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 52
Date of First Publication: 1623
Date of First Production: 1614 [1612-1614; revised 1617-23(?)]
Company of First Production: King's Men
Company Attribution: King's Men
Total Editions: 2 quartos

Title-Page Features

Author: Written by John Webster.
Performance: As it was Presented priuatly, at the Black-Friers; and publiquely at the Globe, By the Kings Maiesties Seruants.
Latin Motto: [in single column] Hora.———Si quid----- | ———Candidus Imperti si non his vtere mecum.
Imprint: The perfect and exact Coppy, with diuerse things Printed, that the length of the Play would not beare in the Presentment. ... LONDON: Printed by NICHOLAS OKES, for IOHN WATERSON, and are to be sold at the signe of the Crowne, in Paules Church-yard, 1623.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Epistle" to: George Berkeley, 8th Baron Berkeley; from: John Webster [A3r]
Commendatory Verses: 3: by "Thomas Middletonus"; "Wil: Rowley"; "Iohn Ford" [A4r]
Character List: "The Actors Names" [A2v]
Actor List: part of "The Actors Names" [A2v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Okes, Nicholas
Publisher: Waterson, John
Imprint Location: A.5 (Paul's Churchyard - Cheap Gate Area)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Oct 31, 1646: Transferred from John Benson to Humphrey Moseley (half): "The Dutchesse of Malfy by mr webster. halfe."
Oct 31, 1646: Transferred from John Waterson to Humphrey Moseley: "these Playes following (vizt) ... The Dutchesse of Malfie. by Mr Webster. his parte."