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NORTHBROOKE, John
Spiritus est vicarius Christi in terra. A treatise wherein dicing, dau[n]cing, vaine plaies or enterludes with other idle pastimes, &c. commonly vsed on the Sabboth day, are reprooued, by the authoritie of the worde of God and auncient vvriters. Made dialoguewise by Iohn Northbrooke minister, and preacher of the worde of God.
Imprinted at London by Thomas Dawson, for George Bishoppe, Anno. 1579.
[8], 72 leaves ; 18.8 cm. (4º)

The work was first entered 2 December 1577. Colophon on leaf T4v: 'Imprinted at London by Thomas Dawson, for George Bishoppe'. Another undated edition (ESTC s113358) was printed 'by H. Bynneman, for George Byshop'. Printed chiefly in black-letter type. One of the early Puritan pamphlets attacking the 'abuses' besetting Elizabethan London as a response to the establishing of the new theatres outside the City jurisdiction (the Theatre, 1576, and the Curtain, 1577), although the theatre is not the sole object of Northbrooke's attack, and the earliest of Soane's examples of this material (Rainolds and Gager, q.v.; Prynne, q.v.; Collier, q.v.; Bedford, q.v.). ESTC s110166.

Copy Notes Although lacking his usual pencil markings, this may be the copy purchased by Boone from the sale of the celebrated actor John Philip Kemble, January-February 1821 (q.v., 9th day, lot 1619) for £5 5s. (along with John Rainold's Th'overthrow of stage-playes, 1599, q.v., which was lot 1620); a number of other items purchased by Boone at this sale are also matched by items now in Soane's library. It was also at this sale that James Boswell the younger bought Kemble's copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare (q.v.), which John Britton later bought on Soane's behalf at the Boswell sale in 1825. Inscribed in ink on title-page W. Forde. There was a William Forde, Chaplain to the Levant Company in Constantinople c. 1616. An earlier manuscript title-label pasted onto the final front free-endpaper is initialled 'B.L.' which is in the same form as an entry for a later edition recorded in the British Library catalogue at Ac.9485/13.

Binding C19th polished calf, blind-tooled borders within gilt French fillet, gilt-tooled corner ornaments, gilt-tooled spine and lettering.

Reference Number 3744


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