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The James Shirley Project

The Complete Works of James Shirley (1596-1666) An Edition in 10 Volumes

James Shirley’s Works

A list of James Shirley’s Plays

by Barbara Ravelhofer

This list comprises plays authored by Shirley. In addition, Shirley revised plays by others and co-authored some works. A list of such works will be added in due course.

HS = Alfred Harbage, Annals of English Drama, 975-1700, rev. by S. Schoenbaum and Sylvia Stoler Wagonheim (London: Routledge, 3rd edn, 1989)

OM = Ogilby’s Men

SR = Stationers’ Register

The School of Compliment/
Complement (Love Tricks)
lic. 11 Feb 1625; 4o 1631, 4o 1637, 4o 1667
SR 25 Feb 1631
The Maid’s Revenge lic. 9 Feb 1626; 8o 1639 & rpr. 1793, 4o 1639, 4o 1640. SR 12 April 1639
The Wedding -1626? (HS limit) 4o 1629, 4o 1633, 4o 1660.
The Witty Fair One lic. 3 Oct 1628; 4o 1633. SR 15 Jan 1633; Herbert’ s licence to print 14 Jan 1633
The Grateful Servant
lic. 3 Nov 1629; 4o 1630, 4o 1637, 4o [1662?]
earliest SR 26 Feb 1630
The Traitor
lic. 4 May 1631; 4o 1635, 4o 1692, 8o 1718
SR 3 Nov 1634
The Humorous Courtier
(The Duke)
lic. 17 May 1631; 4o 1640
SR 29 July 1639
Love’s Cruelty
lic. 14 Nov 1631; 4o 1640
SR 25 April 1639
Changes, Or Love in a Maze
lic. 10 Jan 1632; 4o 1632
SR 9 Feb 1632
Hyde Park
lic. 20 Apr 1632; 4o 1637
SR 13 April 1637
The Ball
lic. 16 Nov 1632; 4o 1639
SR 24 Oct 1638
The Bird in a Cage (The Beauties)
lic. 21 Jan 1633 as The Bewties; 4o 1633
SR 19 March 1633
The Young Admiral
lic. 3 [or 5] Jul 1633; 4o 1637
SR 13 April 1637
The Gamester
lic. 11 Nov 1633; 4o 1637
SR 15 Nov 1637
The Example
lic. 24 June 1634; 4o 1637
SR 18 Oct 1637
The Opportunity
lic. 29 Nov 1634; 3 4o variants 1640
SR 25 April 1639
The Coronation
lic. 6 Feb 1635; 4o 1640
SR 25 April 1639
The Lady of Pleasure
lic. 15 Oct 1635; 4o 1637
SR 13 April 1637
The Duke’s Mistress
lic. 18 Jan 1636; 3 4o variants 1638
SR 13 March 1638
The Royal Master HS: 1637? SR 13 March 1638. lic. 23 Apr 1638; 2 4o variants 1638, 8o 1638 rpr. 1793
The Gentleman of Venice
lic. 30 Oct 1639. 4o 1655, 8o 1655
SR 9 July 1653
The Arcadia SR 29 Nov 1639; 4o 1640, 8o 1754
The Constant Maid
(Love Will Find out the Way)
HS: 1638 (1630? – 1640)
4o 1640, 4o 1657, 4o 1661, 4o 1667
[SR 28 April 1640?]
St Patrick for Ireland
HS: 1639 (c.1637-1640), OM Dublin.
4o 1640, 4o 1657, 12o 1750, 12o 1751
SR 28 April 1640
The Doubtful Heir
(Rosania, or Love’s Victory)
HS: 1638 (c. 1638), OM and King’s. lic. 1 June 1640 for King’s Men; 8o 1652 [1653]
SR [4] Sept 1646
The Imposture
lic. 10 Nov 1640; 8o 1652 [1653]
SR 4 Sept 1646 (?)
The Politician
HS: 1639? 4o 1655, 8o 1655
SR 9 Sept 1653
The Brothers (The Politic Father)
lic. 26 May 1641; 8o 1652 [1653]
SR 4 Sept 1646 (?)
The Cardinal
lic. 25 Nov 1641; 8o 1652 [1653]
SR [4] Sept 1646
The Sisters
lic. 26 Apr 1642[1641?]; 8o 1652 [1653]
SR 4 Sept 1646 (?)
The Court Secret.
Rev. as The Secret, 1664?
before 1642 (Woudhuysen)? 8o 1653
SR 10 Sept 1653. HS: 1642, unacted.

James Shirley’s Masques and Entertainments

A Contention for Honour and Riches ?1631; 4o 1633
The Triumph of Peace 1634; multiple 4o 1634
The Triumph of Beauty ?1646; 8o 1646
Cupid and Death 1653; 4o 1653, 2 4o edns 1659
The Contention of Ajax and Ulysses ?1658; 8o 1659
Honoria and Mammon ?1658; 3 8o edns 1659

James Shirley’s Grammars and other prose works

‘To the Reader’, first Beaumont/Fletcher folio edn fol. 1647
Eisagoge (E/Lat/Gk grammar, Aesop’s fables, Lucian’s Dialogues of the Dead)
composed 1630s?,
4o 1656
The Rudiments of Grammar: The Rules Composed in English Verse 1644-46? 12o 1656
Manuductio: or, a Leading of Children by the Hand Through the Principles of Grammar. A re-issue of Rudiments.
1644-46? 8o 1656,
12o 1660, 12o 1668
Via ad Latinam Linguam Complanata. The Way Made Plain to the Latine Tongue
comp. 1644-46?
8o 1649
Grammatica Anglo-Latina. 2nd edn of Via ad Latinam linguam complanata 1651; 8o 1651
Grammaticae Latinae Institutiones ‘by J.S.’
ESTC: ascribed to Shirley
8o 1654/1684
J.T. Philipps, An Essay towards an Universal and Rational Grammar, ‘formerly composed by Mr Shirley’.
8o 1726, 12o 1731,
12o 1741

 

 … to be expanded.

 

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