DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1631 Chapman, George Caesar and Pompey (The Wars of Caesar and Pompey)

Reference Information

DEEP #: 769
Greg #: 444a(i*)
STC/Wing #: 4993
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional (?); Unacted (?)
Genre (Annals): Classical History
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 38
Date of First Publication: 1631
Date of First Production: 1605 [1602-1605; Act 2, sc. 1 written 1610-1611(?)]
Company of First Production: Unknown
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 quarto
Variants: There are three issues of this edition. The first issue, dated 1631, exists in two states: Greg 444a(i*) advertises "CAESAR AND POMPEY: A Roman Tragedy, declaring their Warres" and lists "George Chapman" as author; Greg 444a(i†) advertises "THE WARRES OF POMPEY and CAESAR" and lists "G. C." as author. The second issue, Greg 444a(ii), dated 1652, advertises the book as the second edition; it contains the same play title and author attribution as Greg 444a(i*). The third issue, Greg 444a(iii), dated 1653, does not advertise an edition number but does claim the play was printed "By the true Copie"; it contains the same play title and author attribution as Greg 444a(i*). See also Greg 444a(i†); 444a(ii); 444a(iii)

Title-Page Features

Title: CAESAR AND POMPEY: A Roman Tragedy, declaring their Warres. Out of whose euents is euicted this Proposition. Only a iust man is a freeman.
Imprint: LONDON: Printed by THOMAS HARPER, and are to be sold by Godfrey Emondson, and Thomas Alchorne. M. DC. XXXI.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: Epistle to: Lionel Cranfield, 1st Earl of Middlesex; from: George Chapman [A3r]
Argument: "The Argument" [A4v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Harper, Thomas
Bookseller: Emerson, Godfrey; Alchorn, Thomas
Entries in Stationers' Register: May 18, 1631: Entered to Thomas Harper: "a Playe called Cæsar & Pompey by Geo: Chapman".