DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks

1640 Shirley, James The Humorous Courtier (The Duke)

Reference Information

DEEP #: 952
Greg #: 577a
STC/Wing #: 22447
Record Type: Single-Play Playbook
Play Type: Adult Professional
Genre (Annals): Comedy
Book Edition: 1
Play Edition: 1
Format: Quarto
Leaves: 36
Date of First Publication: 1640
Date of First Production: 1631 [licensed for stage, May 17]
Company of First Production: Queen Henrietta Maria's Men
Company Attribution: n/a
Total Editions: 1 quarto

Title-Page Features

Author: Written by IAMES SHIRLEY Gent.
Performance: As it hath been presented with good applause at the private house in Drury-Lane.
Imprint: LONDON. Printed by T. C. for William Cooke, and are to be sold by James Becket, in the Inner Temple. 1640.

Paratextual Material

Character List: "The Actors names" [A2v]
Other Paratexts: "A Catalogue of such things as hath beene published by James Sherley Gent." [A1v]

Stationer Information

Printer: Cotes, Thomas
Publisher: Cooke, William
Bookseller: Becket, James
Imprint Location: W.11 (Fleet St. - Inner Temple / Temple Church)
Entries in Stationers' Register: Jul 29, 1639: Entered to William Cooke: "a play called The humerous Courtier. by Iames Shirley".