DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1630 Massinger, Philip The Renegado, or The Gentleman of Venice

Reference Information

DEEP #: 752
Greg #: 430a
STC/Wing #: 17641
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: 1624 [licensed for stage, Apr 17]
Company of First Production: Lady Elizabeth's Men
Company Attribution: Queen Henrietta Maria's Men
Total Editions: 1 quarto

Title-Page Features

Performance: As it hath beene often acted by the Queenes Maiesties seruants, at the priuate Play-house in Drurye-Lane.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by A. M. for Iohn Waterson, and are to be sold at the Crowne in Pauls Church-Yard. 1630.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Epistle" to: George Berkeley, 8th Baron Berkeley; from: Philip Massinger [A3r]
Commendatory Verses: 2: by "Iames Shirley"; "Danyel Lakyn" [A4r]
Character List: "Dramatis Personæ" [A2v]
Actor List: "The Actors names" [A2v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Mathewes, Augustine
Publisher: Waterson, John
Imprint Location: A.5 (Paul's Churchyard - Cheap Gate Area)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Mar 22, 1630: Entered to John Waterson: "A play called The Runegado by Phil: Messenger".
Additional Notes: Annals gives the date of Henry Herbert's license for the stage as September 17, but it is actually from April 17 (see N. W. Bawcutt, The Control and Censorship of Caroline Drama [Clarendon, 1996], 151).