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Re: Volpone Productions Dates
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1594  Monday, 25 June 2001

[1]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Jun 2001 18:53:14 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1586 Volpone Productions Dates

[2]     From:   Brother Anthony <
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        Date:   Saturday, 23 Jun 2001 11:38:58 +0900
        Subj:   Volpone


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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Jun 2001 18:53:14 -0600
Subject: 12.1586 Volpone Productions Dates?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1586 Volpone Productions Dates?

Tanya Gough wrote:

>We're just finalizing the artwork for the Radio-Free Renaissance audio
>book version of Volpone, which we're sending to press next week.
>
>Question: I've been coming across various references which attribute the
>play's first production either to 1605 or to 1606 (first publication is
>commonly given as 1607).  Can anyone tell me which is correct?  Is there
>specific evidence which suggests it was 1605?
>
>Any help offered off-list today would be greatly appreciated.
>
>Tanya Gough
>www.bardcentral.com

The 1616 Jonson Folio says that Volpone was first performed by the
King's Men in 1605.  By our modern reckoning, this could have meant any
time between 1 January 1605 and 24 March 1606, which probably accounts
for the inconsistent dates you've seen.  (Jonson often, but not always,
used old-style dates.)  The quarto version of the play, published by
Thomas Thorpe in an exceptionally good text, is dated 1607.  Again, this
could conceivably mean any time through March 1608 by our modern
reckoning.  The quarto was certainly authorized by Jonson, and probably
personally overseen by him.

Dave Kathman

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From:           Brother Anthony <
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Date:           Saturday, 23 Jun 2001 11:38:58 +0900
Subject:        Volpone

Rosalind Miles, Ben Jonson: His Life and Work (1986) has a footnote on
page 287 saying "The title page of the Folio edition of Volpone states
that the play was acted in the year 1605, which according to the court
calendar would locate it between March 1605 and March 1606. A firmer
clue to dating occurs in II.i. where Jonson refers to the discovery of a
whale and porpoises in the Thames, an event which took place in January
1606 (ie by our modern calendar Br. A) and caused great comment."
Johanna Procter's edition has a note specifying that the marine
creatures were sighted on January 19, 1605/6. February seems the most
likely date, Jonson says he wrote the play in 5 weeks. For him that
would have been February 1605 but for us it's February 1606.

Br Anthony
Sogang University, Seoul

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