DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1624 Massinger, Philip The Bondman (The Noble Bondman)

Reference Information

DEEP #: 718
Greg #: 408a
STC/Wing #: 17632
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragicomedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 44
Date of First Publication: 1624
Date of First Production: 1623 [licensed for stage, Dec 3]
Company of First Production: Lady Elizabeth's Men
Company Attribution: Lady Elizabeth's Men
Total Editions: 2 quartos

Title-Page Features

Author: By Phillip Massinger.
Performance: As it hath been often Acted with good allowance, at the Cock-pit in Drury-lane: by the most Excellent Princesse, the Lady ELIZABETH her Seruants.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by Edw: Allde, for Iohn Harison and Edward Blackmore, and are to be sold at the great South dore of Pauls. 1624.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Epistle Dedicatorie" to: Philip Herbert, 1st Earl of Montgomery (4th Earl of Pembroke); from: Philip Massinger [A3r]
Commendatory Verses: 1: by "W. B." [A4r]
Character List: "The Actors Names" [A2v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Allde, Edward
Publisher: Blackmore, Edward; Harrison, John (4)
Imprint Location: A.8 (Paul's Churchyard - Great South Door)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Mar 12, 1624: Entered to John Harrison (4) and Edward Blackmore: "A play called the Bondman by Phill: Messenger".
Apr 28, 1660: Transferred by Martha Harrison, widow and executrix, and John, son of John Harrison (4), to William Lee (3): "Salvo jure cujuscunque. vizt' ... The Bondman a Play. halfe."