PEDIGREE:    Mr. Furnivall refers to a collection by Joseph Ritson titled “Ancient Songs and Ballads, From the Reign of King Henry II to the Revolution”, for the surviving text of this ballad.      Ritson’s entry for the ballad places it in a British Museum manuscript (Sloan MS 1584) believed to have been scribed […]

This next portion of the Captain’s library lists seven songs, then sums up “and a hundred more, he hath, fair wrapt vp in Parchment, and bound with a whipcord.”    Those of us who follow after Laneham, and the Captain, and Furnivall, may want to take a moment to process our frustration with the period […]

PEDIGREE:   When I did a search on EEBO for this book written by Andrew Boorde, six colophons returned, three of which were for printings before 1575: –Imprynted at London in Fletestrete at the sygne of the George next to saynt Dunstones churche : By Wylllyam Myddelton, In the yere of our Lorde M.CCCCC.xlvii [1547], […]

PEDIGREE:   To quote directly from Mr. Furnivall:   “No copy of this play is now known, but in D. E. Baker’s “Biographia  Dramatica (1764, continued by Is. Reed, 1782, and edited by Stephen Jones, 1812) we find the following entry on p. 828, col. 1: —  ’90. A NEWE INTERLUDE OF IMPACIENTE POVERTE, newlye […]

PEDIGREE:    Furnivall cites an Interlude  printed in 1573 titled “New Custome”  (“by William How for Abraham Veale”) as being, “no doubt”, the “Nu Gize (Guise?)”   mentioned in the list of Captain Cox’s plays. SYNOPSIS:   This interlude depicts and debates some of the issues surrounding the Protestant Reformation in England.   The dramatis […]

PEDIGREE:    There was at least one printing of this Morality Play in 1512, by Wynken de Worde (see below). SYNOPSIS:   The personification being struggled over in this play is named  Frewyll (Free Will).    On one side is Pyte , Contemplacyon, and Perseru(v)erance, and on the other are Imagynacyon (self-described as a friend […]

PEDIGREE:  Mr. Furnivall refers to a Stationers’ register record of 1557 to printer John Walley, for a work titled “Youth, Charity and Humility”, and also refers to copies of pieces titled “The Interlude / Enterlude of Youth” as being the same work.   A copy of “Interlude of Youth” printed by Walley was in the […]

This is the last of Captain Cox’s books of “Philosophy both morall and naturall”.      To complete the collection, we have yet to survey four “auncient plays”, one “Doctor Boords breviary of health”, seven “ballets (ballads) and songs”, and three “Allmanacks of antiquite”.    Further up and further in… ——————————————————————————————————— PEDIGREE:   According to […]

PEDIGREE:  For this piece, as for a number of others, Mr. Furnivall cites William Carew Hazlitt’s “Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England” (volume 4 here) of 1866.    Both Hazlitt and Furnivall mention several Stationers Register entries for licenses to Sampson (John?) Awdeley, John Charlwood and John Kyng.    Two copies of printings […]

PEDIGREE:     This is a collection of stories translated into English by sixteenth-century “Clarke of the Ordinaunce and Armarie”, William Painter.       The first printing of volume one was, according to its colophon, 1566.       There are two volumes, or “Tomes”.       These tomes were transcribed, in three volumes, in […]