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PRYNNE, William (1600--1669)
Histrio-mastix. The players scovrge, 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 inform you. By William Prynne, an Vtter-Barrester of Lincolnes Inne.
London: printed by E. A[llde]. [Thomas Cotes, Augustine Mathewes,] and W[illiam]. I[ones]. for Michael Sparke, 1633.
[36], 1-512 p., 513--568 leaves, 545--830, [2], 831--1006, [40] p. ; 18.8 cm. (4º)

Imprint completed from ESTC. 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. The first leaf and 5N4 are blank; page 830 is misnumbered '832'. In this state ***4v contains the errata; in another state (ESTC s115324) ***4v is blank. Entered in the Stationer's Register 16 October 1630; cancelled 1 December 1634. William Prynne was a notable and prolific Puritan pamphleteer, barrister and member of parliament. For their infelicitous timing in publishing this work containing an attack on female actors at a time when Queen Henrietta Maria was participating in a court masque, both the publisher and the author were fined by the Star Chamber; Prynne was fined £5,000, degraded from his profession, and had his ears cropped while in the pillory. ESTC s114316; STC (2nd ed.), 20464a; Pforzheimer 809.

Copy Notes Extended MSS. preamble supplied on the blank leaf preceding the title-page, giving an account of the proceedings in the Star Chamber. In another hand on the title-page the name Prynne's preceding the title, and in a later hand also in ink J. Baker. Frequent marginal marks of emphasis in the text. With a copy of Mr William Prynn his defence of stage-plays, 1649 (q.v.) bound at the end.

Binding C19th dark green morocco, blind triple-ruled boards, gilt-lettered spine, gilt-tooled turn-ins, gilt text-block edges, brown silk bookmark, marbled endpapers.

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