DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1629 Ford, John The Lover's Melancholy

Reference Information

DEEP #: 734
Greg #: 420a(*)
STC/Wing #: 11163
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragicomedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 48
Date of First Publication: 1629
Date of First Production: 1628 [licensed for stage, Nov 24]
Company of First Production: King's Men
Company Attribution: King's Men
Total Editions: 1 quarto (bibliographically independent and in collection)
Variants: The title page exists in two states: Greg 420a(*) lists "H. Seile" as publisher and gives a bookshop location; Greg 420a(†) lists "H. S." as publisher and gives no bookshop location. See also Greg 420a(†)

Title-Page Features

Title: THE LOVERS Melancholy.
Performance: ACTED AT THE PRIVATE HOVSE IN THE BLACKE Friers, and publikely at the Globe by the Kings Maiesties Seruants.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed for H. Seile, and are to be sold at the Tygers head in Saint Pauls Church-yard. 1629.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Epistle Dedicatory" to: Nathaniel Finch (of Gray's Inn); John Ford (of Gray's Inn); Henry Blount (of Gray's Inn; traveller); Robert Ellice (of Gray's Inn); and "all the rest of the Noble Society of Grayes Inne" from: John Ford [A2r]
Commendatory Verses: 4: by "George Donne"; "William Singleton"; "Hum. Howorth"; "Ο Φίλος" [A3r]
Actor List: "The names of such as acted" [A1v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Kingston, Felix
Publisher: Seile, Henry
Imprint Location: A.2 (Paul's Churchyard - Great North Door)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Jun 2, 1629: Entered to Henry Seile: "The lovers Melanchollye by Iohn fford gent".