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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 utter-barrester of Lincolnes Inne.

  • Author

    Prynne, William, 1600-1669.,

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  • Publisher

    London : Printed by E[dward]. A[llde, Augustine Mathewes, Thomas Cotes]. 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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  • Class

    SR - 83.1/

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  • Physical description

    [36], 1-512 p., 513-68 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). The first leaf is blank. Includes index. In this state 3*4v is blank. Entered 16 October 1630; cancelled 1 December 1634. [A]2 *4 2*8 3*4 B-3Z4 3A*-3K*4 4A-6R4 UK-SuSCL Cited in: STC (2nd ed.), 20464 Format of surrogate: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1962. 1 microfilm reel; 35 mm (Early English books, 1475-1640; 933:20). Ownership and custodial history: Purchased from Jaggard in September 1910 UK-SuSCL