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Histrio-mastix. The players scourge, or, actors tragædie, divided into two parts. Wherein it is largely evidenced, by divers arguments, by the concurring authorities and resolutions of sundry texts of Scripture; ... That popular stage-playes ... are sinfull, heathenish, lewde, ungodly spectacles, and most pernicious corruptions; condemned in all ages, as intolerable mischiefes to churches, to republickes, to the manners, mindes, and soules of men. And that the profession of play-poets, of stage players; together with the penning, acting, and frequenting of stage-playes, are unlawfull, infamous and misbeseeming Christians. All pretences to the contrary are here likewise fully answered; and the unlawfulnes of acting of beholding academicall enterludes, briefly discussed; besides sundry other particulars concerning dancing, dicing, health-drinking, c. of which the table will informe you. By William Prynne, an vtter-barrester of Lincolnes Inne.

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    Prynne, William, 1600-1669.,

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  • Publisher

    London : printed by E. A[llde]. [Thomas Cotes, Augustine Mathewes,] and W[illiam]. I[ones]. for Michael Sparke, and are to be sold at the Blue Bible, in Greene Arbour, in little Old Bayly, 1633.

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    Theater England Moral and ethical aspects Early works to 1800

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    SR - 83.1/

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  • Physical description

    [36], 512 p., 513-568 leaves, 545-1006, [40] p. ; 4°.

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General note: Mathewes printed quires B-M; Cotes N-Z; Allde 2A-3Z, 3A*-3K*, and 5V to end; Jones the title page, preliminaries and 4A-5T, including a cancel for 4X2,3 (STC). Signatures: [A]² *4 2*8 3*4 B-3Z4 3A*-3K*4 4A-6R4. The first leaf is blank. Includes index. This state has errata on 3*4v. Occasional MS. pencil marginalia; 33 additional leaves of MS. text in old hand at end of v.2, entitled "In camera stellata, 15 febr 1633", a contemporary account of Star Chamber's proceedings against Prynne in 1634 concerning this book UK-SuSCL Cited in: STC (2nd ed.), 20464a Pforzheimer, 809 Format of surrogate: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1972. 1 microfilm reel; 35mm. (Early English books, 1475-1640; 1285:15). Ownership and custodial history: Bookplate of Mark Masterman Sykes pasted on inside front cover in both volumes; purchased F. Hammond, Birmingham, April 1948 UK-SuSCL