DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1638 Shirley, James The Royal Master

Reference Information

DEEP #: 896
Greg #: 538a(*)
STC/Wing #: 22454
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 44
Date of First Publication: 1638
Date of First Production: 1637 [licensed for stage, Apr 23, 1638]
Company of First Production: Ogilby's Men; Queen Henrietta Maria's Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 quarto
Variants: There are two issues of this edition, varying in the imprint: Greg 538a(*) lists John Crooke and Sergier as booksellers in London; Greg 538a(†) lists Allot and Edmond Crooke as booksellers in Dublin. See also Greg 538a(†)

Title-Page Features

Author: Written by IAMES SHIRLEY.
Performance: As it was Acted in the new Theater in Dublin: AND Before the Right Honorable the Lord Deputie of Ireland, in the Castle.
Latin Motto: ——Fas extera quærere regna.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by T. Cotes, and are to be sold by Iohn Crooke, and Richard Serger, at the Grayhound in Pauls Church-yard. 1638.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: "The Epistle Dedicatory" to: George Fitzgerald, 16th Earl of Kildare; from: James Shirley [A2r]
Commendatory Verses: 10: by "Iames Mervyn"; "Fra Butler"; "Dru. Cooper"; "Ric. Belling"; "T. I."; "W. Markham"; "W. Smith"; "Iohn Oglebye"; "Iohn Iacson"; "Iames Mervyn" [A3r]

Stationer Information

Printer: Cotes, Thomas
Bookseller: Sergier, Richard (2); Crooke, John (1)
Imprint Location: A.3 (Paul's Churchyard - Northeast)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Mar 13, 1638: Entered to Andrew Crooke (1), John Crooke (1), and Richard Sergier (2): "a Play called The Royall Master. by Ia: Shirley".