DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1639 May, Thomas Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt

Reference Information

DEEP #: 913
Greg #: 553a(i)
STC/Wing #: 17717
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Unknown; Professional (?); Nonprofessional (?)
Genre (Annals): Tragedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Duodecimo
Leaves: 42
Date of First Publication: 1639
Date of First Production: 1626
Company of First Production: Unknown
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 duodecimo (bibliographically independent and in collection)
Variants: There are three issues of this edition. Greg 553a(i) contains the original title leaf dated 1639. Greg 553a(ii) contains a cancel title leaf dated 1654, which lists different author and performance attributions, and different stationers. Greg 553a(ii) was also issued as part of the 1654 May collection (Wing M1416). See also Greg 553a(ii)

Title-Page Features

Author: By T. M.
Performance: Acted 1626.
Latin Motto: Luc. [in single column] ——— quantùm impulit Argos, | Iliacasque domos facie Spartana nocenti, | Hesperios auxit tantùm Cleopatra furores.
Imprint: LONDON, Printed by Thomas Harper for Thomas Walkly, and are to be sold at his shop at the flying Horse neer York House. 1639.

Paratextual Material

Dedication: Epistle to: Kenelm Digby (natural philosopher and courtier); from: Thomas May [A2r]
Character List: "The Speakers" [E4r]

Stationer Information

Printer: Harper, Thomas
Publisher: Walkley, Thomas
Imprint Location: X.12 (Westminster - York House)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Oct 26, 1638: Entered to Thomas Walkley: "Two Playes called The tragedy of Cleopatra. ...".
Nov 20, 1658: Transferred from Thomas Walkley to Humphrey Moseley: "The Tragedy of Cleopatra Queen of Ægipt ... by Tho: May Esqr."
Additional Notes: Greg writes that separate editions of Cleopatra and Julia Agrippina "were printed in 1639, but since the epistle to Sir Kenelm Digby prefixed to Cleopatra is a joint dedication of the two plays, it is clear that these, though otherwise bibliographically distinct, were intended to be issued together as well as separately" (Bibliography, 3:1092). DEEP lists each of these plays only as a single-play playbook, not as part of a collection.