DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1630 Shirley, James The Grateful Servant (The Faithful Servant)

Reference Information

DEEP #: 750
Greg #: 429a
STC/Wing #: 22444
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Tragicomedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 46
Date of First Publication: 1630
Date of First Production: 1629 [licensed for stage, Nov 3]
Company of First Production: Queen Henrietta Maria's Men
Company Attribution: Queen Henrietta Maria's Men
Total Editions: 2 quartos

Title-Page Features

Author: Written by IAMES SHIRLEY Gent.
Performance: As it was lately presented with good applause at the priuate House in Drury-Lane, By her Majesties Servants.
Latin Motto: [in single column] — — — Vsque ego postera | Crescam laude recens.
Imprint: LONDON. Printed by B. A. and T. F. for John Groue, and are to be sold at his shop at Furnivals-Inne gate. 1630. [var.: "Greue"]

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Epistle Dedicatorie" to: Francis Manners, 6th Earl of Rutland; from: James Shirley [A2r]
Commendatory Verses: 10: by "Iohn Fox"; "Io. Hall"; "Cha. Aleyn" (2); "Tho. Randolph" (2); "Ro. Stapylton"; "Philip Massenger"; "Tho. Craford"; "William Habington" [ΧA1r]
To the Reader: "The author to the Reader" [Χ1v]
Character List: "Persons" [Χ2r]

Stationer Information

Printer: Alsop, Bernard; Fawcet, Thomas
Publisher: Grove, John
Imprint Location: V.8 (Holborn - Furnival's Inn)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Feb 26, 1630: Entered to John Grove: "A play Called The gratefull servant by Ia: Sherley".
Sep 25, 1637: Transferred from John Grove to William Leake (2): "these ffour Playes following (vizt.) ... The gratefull Servant."