DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1638 Rowley, William A Shoemaker a Gentleman

Reference Information

DEEP #: 882
Greg #: 531a
STC/Wing #: 21422
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 42
Date of First Publication: 1638
Date of First Production: 1608 [1607-1609]
Company of First Production: Queen Anne's Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 quarto

Title-Page Features

Title: A MERRIE AND Pleasant Comedy: ... called A Shoo-maker a Gentleman.
Author: Written by W. R. Gentleman.
Performance: As it hath beene sundry Times Acted at the Red Bull and other Theaters, with a generall and good Applause.
Imprint: Never before Printed, ... LONDON: Printed by I. Okes, and are to be sold by Iohn Cowper, at his Shop at the East-end of St. Pauls Church at the Signe of the Holy Lambe. 1638.

Paratextual Material

To the Reader: "The Printer to the honest and High-spirited Gentlemen of the never decaying Art, called the Gentle Craft" [A3r]
Character List: "The Actors Names" [A4v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Okes, John
Bookseller: Cowper, John
Imprint Location: A.6 (Paul's Churchyard - East)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Nov 28, 1637: Entered to John Okes: "a Comedie called A Shoomaker is a gentleman, wth the life & death of the Criple that Stole the weather cocke of Pauls. by William Rowley." (Since this incident is not mentioned in the play, the second part of the title may refer to another text.)