DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1638 Massinger, Philip The Bondman (The Noble Bondman)

Reference Information

DEEP #: 719
Greg #: 408b(*)
STC/Wing #: 17633a
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragicomedy
Book Edition: 2
Play Edition: 2
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 40
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
Variants: There are two issues of this edition, varying in the imprint: Greg 408b(*) lists Blackmore as publisher; Greg 408b(†) lists Harrison as publisher. See also Greg 408b(†)

Title-Page Features

Author: By Philip Massinger.
Performance: As it hath beene often acted with good allowance, at the COCK-PIT in Drury-Lane: By the most Excellent Princesse, the Lady ELIZABETH Her Servants.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by Iohn Raworth for Edward Blackmore, and are to be sold at his shop, at the signe of the Angel in Pauls-Churchyard. 1638.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: Epistle to: Philip Herbert, 1st Earl of Montgomery (4th Earl of Pembroke); from: Philip Massinger [A2r]
Commendatory Verses: 1: by "W. B." [A2v]
Character List: "The Actors Names" [A1v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Raworth, John
Publisher: Blackmore, Edward
Imprint Location: A.3 (Paul's Churchyard - Northeast)
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."