DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1631 Jonson, Ben The New Inn, or The Light Heart

Reference Information

DEEP #: 767
Greg #: 442a
STC/Wing #: 14780
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Octavo
Leaves: 60
Date of First Publication: 1631
Date of First Production: 1629 [licensed for stage, Jan 19]
Company of First Production: King's Men
Company Attribution: King's Men
Total Editions: 1 octavo

Title-Page Features

Title: THE NEW INNE. OR, The light Heart. A COMOEDY.
Author: By the Author, B. Ionson.
Performance: As it was neuer acted, but most negligently play'd, by some, the Kings Seruants. And more squeamishly beheld, and censured by others, the Kings Subiects. 1629. Now, at last, set at liberty to the Readers, his Maties Seruants, and Subiects, to be iudg'd. 1631.
Latin Motto: [in single column] Hor. . . . . me lectori credere mallem: | Quàm spectatoris fastidia ferre superbi.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by Thomas Harper, for Thomas Alchorne, and are to be sold at his shop in Pauls Church-yeard, at the signe of the greene Dragon. MDCXXXI.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Dedication" to: "the Reader"; from: Ben Jonson [(*)2r]
To the Reader: [see Dedication]
Argument: "The Argument" [(*)3v]
Character List: "The Persons of the Play" [(*)8v]
Other Paratexts: "The iust indignation the Author tooke at the vulgar censure of his Play, by some malicious spectators, begat this following Ode to himselfe" (verses) [H1v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Harper, Thomas
Publisher: Alchorn, Thomas
Imprint Location: A.3 (Paul's Churchyard - Northeast)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Apr 17, 1631: Entered to Thomas Alchorn: "a Comedy Called New Inne written by Ben: Iohnson."