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NOTE 

Only the dramatic writers whose collected works 
were published in folio size are represented in 
this exhibition. If familiar and important names, 
like those of Marlowe, Webster, Massinger, Ford 
and Shirley, are missing from the Hst, it is be- 
cause the '^ Workes " of these authors were not 
issued by publishers or friends in *' noble and 
stately " form. 

This is the first time, so far as known, that such 
an exhibition as the present one has been at- 
tempted. That a collection, which includes the 
FoHos of Jonson and Shakespeare, should be of 
rare interest and value is too obvious a fact to 
need emphasis here. 

The books are arranged chronologically,except 
where there are several works by one author, in 
which cases the later editions follow the first. 



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Samuel Daniel (1562-1619) 
I The Works of Samuel Daniel Newly augmented. 
[Quotation] London Printed for Simon Water- 
fon. 1 60 1 . 

Tke Poeticall Essayes of Sam. DanyeL Newly cor- 
rected and augmented. , appeared in 1 599. The * * Works ' ' 
comprise the "Civil Wars," books i-vi, '*Musophilus" 
and "Octavia"; but the only play included is "The 
Tragedie of Cleopatra," which was first issued in 1594. 

Only a few copies of this folio are dated 1601. They 
were probably intended for gift-copies or private circu- 
lation. Some have special dedicatory poems, in manu- 
script, prefixed. 

The title-page has a woodcut border with figures of 
Comedy and Tragedy and the royal coat of arms. 

5 



DRAMATIC FOLIOS OF 

.^azlitf. 8a/3 : / *,Tlie ^volvLme _*^^as apparently printed at 
two presses, the second typographer taking up the work 
at * Musophilus, ' and continuing to the end." 

Large paper copies have been described, but they are 
probably copies which, unlike most of the edition, have 
not been cut down from the original size. 

2 Another issue. 

London Printed for Simon Waterfon. 1602. 

This is the regular published edition, and with the ex- 
ception of the change of date is identical with the pre- 
ceding. 

Benjamin Jonson (i573?-i637) 

3 The Workes Of Beniamin Jonson [Quotation] 
Imprinted at London by Will Stansby An^ D. 

. 1616. 

Jonson is said to have prepared the volume for the 
press. It contains nine plays, all except two of which 
have a separate title-page with the imprint, Printed by 
William Stansby. The two exceptions are "Every Man 
out of his Humour." W. Stansby for I. Smithwicke., 
and ' ' Poetaster. " William Stansby for Matthew Lownes. 

The elaborately engraved title-page is signed "Guliel 
Hole fecit." 

4 The same. 

A copy on large paper. Such copies are very rare. 
The paper is finer in quality and has a different water- 
mark. 



THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 

5 Another issue. 

London printed by W Stansby, and are to be 
fould by Rich: Meighen. 1616. 

A later issue, with the old imprint rubbed out and the 
new one engraved in its place. There are changes in 
the text of the last page of the masque called "The 
Golden Age." 

6 The Workes Of Benjamin Jonson [Quotation] 
London. Printed by Richard Bifhop, and are 
to be fold by Andrew Crooke in S*- Paules, 
Church-yard. An^ D. 1640. 

A reprint of the 1616 edition, with one epigram added. 
There are some printer's errors, some author's correc- 
tions and alterations. 

The portrait by Robert Vaughan, after the original 
painting by Gerard Honthorst, was issued in a first state 
as a print. It was published in this volume in a second 
state. The inscription reads : " Ben : lohnsonii. Vera 
Effigies Doctissimi Poetaram Anglorum." Below are 
eight lines in Latin, and the English couplet, signed 
"Ab: Holl:": 

* * O could there be an art found out that might 
Produce his shape soe lively as to Write." 

The line " Are to be Sould by William Peake," found at 
the bottom of the print in its first state, has been 
erased from this impression. The portrait in this state 
was issued also with the Execration againft Vulcan, 
published in 1640. 

The title-page shows signs of having been retouched. 

7 



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7 The same. 

A copy on large paper. 

8 The Workes Of Benjamin Jensen. The fecend 
Volume. Containing These Playes, Viz. i 
Bartholomew Fayre. 2 The Staple of Newes. 
3 The Divell is an Affe. London, Printed for 
Richard Meighen. 1640. 

The three plays whose names are given in the title were 
probably originally intended, and perhaps issued, as a sup- 
plement to the 1616 volume. The volume contains three 
more plays, and a fragment of a fourth. Some of these 
are dated 1631, some 1640, and others 1641. Mr. Brins- 
ley Nicholson, in a note on ** Ben Jonson's Folios and 
the Bibliographers," says : 

"The changes of paging and signatures throughout 
Meighen 's volume are so great that I am unable to form 
an idea of what his full intents were. One, however, is 
pretty plain, both in his and Bishop's volumes — that, 
namely, of selling certain portions either separately or 
collectively." 

Mr. W. W. Greg notes that the collection was edited 
by Sir Kenelm Digby. 

9 The same. 

A copy on large paper. For many years it was sup- 
posed that this volume did not exist in this size. 

10 The Works Of Ben Jensen, Which were for- 
merly Printed in Two Volumes, are now Re- 
8 



THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 

printed in One. To which is added A Comedy 
Called The New Inn. With Additions never before 
Pubhfhed. [Quotation] [Printer's ornaments] 
London, Printed by Thomas Hodgkin, for H. 
Herringman, E. Brewfler, T. Baffett, R. Chif- 
well, M. Watton, G. Conyers, MDCXCII. 

This is the edition which the publishers of Beaumont 
and Fletcher's Folio of 1679 proposed to issue if suffi- 
cient encouragement was shown. 

The additions never before published include Leges 
Convivales. Rules For The Tavern Academy : Or, Laws 
For The Beaux Esprits . . . Engraven in Marble over 
the Chimny, in the Apollo of the Old Devil Tavern at 
Temple- Bar : That being his Club Room. \^Quotation'\ 
By Ben. Johnson. London : Printed, for Tho. Baffett at 
the George in Fleet,-ftreet . . . MDCXCII. 

The Vaughan portrait, enlarged, reengraved and 
signed, *' W. Elder sculp :," is used as a frontispiece. 

William Shakespeare (1564-16 16) 
M! William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, 
& Tragedies. Publifhed according to the True 
Originall Copies. [Portrait] London Printed 
by Ifaac laggard, and Ed. Blount. 1623. 
(Colophon) Printed at the Charges of W. 
Jaggard, Ed. Blount, I. Smith weeke, and W. 
Afpley, 1623. 

Mr. Sidney Lee says : 

"Only two of Shakespeare's works — his narrative 
poems 'Venus and Adonis' and 'Lucrece' — were pub- 



DRAMATIC FOLIOS OF 

lished with his sanction and co-operation. These 
poems were the first specimens of his work to appear 
in print, and they passed in his lifetime through a 
greater number of editions than any of his plays." 

The printers and publishers, whose names are given 
in the colophon above, were pecuniarily responsible for 
the venture of printing the collected edition of the poet's 
works; but John Heming and Henry Condell, fellow- 
actors with Shakespeare, were nominally responsible for 
the venture, judging by their statement in the address 
called "To the great Variety of Readers " : 

* ' It had bene a thing, we confelTe, worthie to haue 
bene wilhed, that the Author himfelfe had liu'd to haue 
fet forth, and ouerfeen his owne writings ; But fmce it 
hath bin ordain'd otherwife, and he by death departed 
from that right, we pray you do not envie his Friends, 
the office of their care, and paine, to haue collected & 
publilh'd them;" 

The collection contains thirty-six pieces in all, and 
comprises twenty hitherto unprinted plays. One play, 
"Pericles," previously published, was not included. 
The edition is thought to have numbered six hundred 
copies, and the volumes sold for a pound a copy. About 
two hundred copies have been traced, and, as Mr. Lee 
says : "Of these fewer than twenty are in a perfect 
state, that is, with the portrait printed {not inlaid) on 
the title-page, and the flyleaf facing it, with all the pages 
succeeding it, intact and uninjured." 

The verses on the flyleaf, attesting the truthfulness of 
the portrait, are by Ben Jonson. 

The famous portrait was engraved by Martin Droe- 
shout, who belonged to a family of Flemish engravers 
long settled in London. It was possibly done after the 
"Flower" painting now in the Shakespeare Memorial 
Gallery at Stratford-on-Avon, which reappeared in 1892. 



THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 

There are numerous variations, or irregularities, in the 
copies. A copy in the Lenox Library bears the date 
1622 instead of 1623 ; '* but there is little doubt that the 
last figure has been tampered with by a modern owner." 

The main defects of the First Folio were perpetuated 
in the succeeding second, third and fourth editions. 
Mr. Lee says : 

"Dryden, writing in 1673, in his 'Essay on the Dra- 
matic Poetry of the last Age' (p. 160), expressed wonder 
at the reverence extended to Shakespeare, whose work 
he only knew in the folios, in view of the fact that every 
page of the extant editions presented some * solecism in 
speech or some notorious flaw in sense.' But in spite 
of the careless ignorance of printers — their spelling 
vagaries, their misreadings of the * copy, ' and their 
inability to reproduce intelligently any sentence in a 
foreign language — many columns of the First Folio, as 
of its three successors, can be still perused uninter- 
ruptedly with understanding by the careful student of 
Elizabethan typography and Elizabethan English." 

Facsimiles of the First Folio 

The First Folio has been five times reproduced 
in facsimile. It was printed by E. & J. Wright, 
St. John's Square, in 1806; and for Lionel 
Booth, by J. Strangeways and Walden in 1864. 
The latter volume is in three parts. The third 
reproduction by the newly discovered process of 
photo-lithography was executed in 1866, under 
the superintendence of Howard Staunton, and 
was published by Day & Son. The fourth, a 
photographic facsimile, was reduced to octavo 



DRAMATIC FOLIOS OF 

size. It was published by Chatto & Windus in 
1876, with an introduction by J. O. Halliwell- 
Phillipps. The last and best reproduction was 
issued in 1902, under the editorship of Sidney 
Lee. The process employed was collotype. 
The copy of the folio from which the facsimile 
was taken is, Mr. Lee says, " in all probability 
the cleanest and freshest example in existence." 
It belongs to the Duke of Devonshire. 

12 M"' William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, 
and Tragedies. Publifhed according to the true 
Originall Copies. The fecond Imprefsion. [Por- 
trait as above] London, Printed by Tho. Cotes, 
for lohn Smethwick, and are to be fold at his 
fhop in Saint Dunflans Church-yard. 1632. 
(Colophon) Printed at London by Thomas 
Cotes, for John Smethwick, Wilham Afpley, 
Richard Hawkins, Richard Meighen, and Robert 
Allot, 1632. 

**The Second Folio was reprinted from the First; a 
few corrections were made in the text, but most of the 
changes were arbitrary and needless." Lee. 

The chief promoters of the work were Thomas Cotes, 
the printer, Jaggard's successor, and Robert Allot, 
Blount's successor. Most of the copies have Allot's 
name, but each of the other publishers, whose names are 
given in the colophon, issued copies with his own name 
and address on the title-page. Except for very slight dif- 
ferences in the type, and a variation in spelling in some of 

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Allot's copies, the titles are the same in all the volumes. 
The portrait, and Jonson's lines, occupy the same places 
that they held in the First Folio. 

13 The fecond Imprefsion. [Portrait] London, 
Printed by Tho. Cotes, for William Afpley, and 
are to be fold at the figne of the Parrat in Pauls 
Church-yard. 1632. (Colophon) Printed at 
London by Thomas Cotes, for John Smeth- 
wick, William Afpley, Richard Hawkins, Rich- 
ard Meighen, and Robert Allot, 1632. 

Aspley, who, like Smethwick, had played a small part 
in the production of the First Folio, continued his inter- 
est in the Second. 

14 The fecond Imprefsion. [Portrait] London, 
Printed by Tho. Cotes, for Richard Hawkins, 
and are to be fold at his fhop in Chancery Lane, 
neere Serjeants Inne. 1632. (Colophon) Printed 
at London by Thomas Cotes, for John Smeth- 
wick, William Afpley, Richard Hawkins, Rich- 
ard Meighen, and Robert Allot, 1632. 

Hawkins had recently acquired the right to *' Othello. " 

15 The fecond Imprefsion. [Portrait] London, 
Printed by Tho. Cotes, for Richard Meighen, 
and are to be fold at the middle Temple Gate 
in Fleetflreet. 1632. (Colophon) Printed at 
London by Thomas Cotes, for John Smethwick, 

13 



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William Afpley, Richard Hawkins, Richard 
Meighen, and Robert Allot, 1632. 

Meighen had come into the right to the "Merry 
Wives." 

16 The fecond Imprefsion. [Portrait] London, 
Printed by Tho. Cotes, for Robert Allot, and 
are to be fold at his fhop at the figne of the 
blacke Beare in Pauls Church-yard. 1632. 
(Colophon) Printed at London by Thomas Cotes, 
for John Smethwick, William Afpley, Richard 
Hawkins, Richard Meighen, and Robert Allot, 
1632. 

There are several variations in the title-pages of Allot' s 
copies. Some few, like this one, have the word ' * coppies " 
in the title, while others have ** copies." The words 
''at his (hop " do not appear in all the imprints. 

1 7 The same. 

The word ** coppies" is here spelled correctly, and 
** at his fhop " is omitted. 



18 M^- William Shakespeares Comedies, Hiflories, 
and Tragedies. Publifhed according to the true 
Originall Copies. The Third Imprefsion. Lon- 
don, Printed for Philip Chetwinde, 1663. 

This issue of the Third Folio is, for the most part, a 
faithful reprint of the Second. 

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THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 

The portrait should appear on the title-page ; but in 
this case it was omitted, probably by a mistake of the 
printer. Copies with the portrait are extremely rare. 
This volume has an extra title-page, belonging to the 
1664 issue. 



19 M*^- William Shakespear*s Comedies, Hiflories, 
and Tragedies. Publifhed according to the true 
Original Copies. The third Impreffion. And 
unto this Impreffion is added feven Playes, 
never before Printed in Folio, viz. Pericles 
Prince of Tyre. The London Prodigall. The 
Hiilory of Thomas L**- Cromwell. Sir John 
Oldcaflle Lord Cobham. The Puritan Widow. 
A York-shire Tragedy. The Tragedy of Lo- 
crine. [Printer's mark] London, Printed for 
P. C. 1664. 

The seven new plays were added to the sheets of the 
1663 issue, and published with the new title-page. The 
portrait, for which there was no room where it was in 
the other editions, now faces the title, and Jonson's 
lines are printed beneath it. 

Six of the plays have no claim to admission among 
Shakespeare's works. Mr. Sidney Lee says: **The six 
spurious pieces which open [end ?] the volume were attrib- 
uted by unprincipled publishers to Shakespeare in his 
lifetime. Fewer copies of the Third Folio are reputed 
to be extant than of the Second or Fourth, owing to the 
alleged destruction of many unsold impressions in the 
Fire of London in 1666." 

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DRAMATIC FOLIOS OF 

20 M^- William Shakefpear's Comedies, Histories, 
And Tragedies. Publifhed according to the true 
Original Copies. Unto which is added, Seven 
Plays, Never before Printed in Folio: Viz. 
Pericles Prince of Tyre. The London Prodigal. 
The Hiflory of Thomas Lord Cromwel. Sir 
John Oldcaflle Lord Cobham. The Puritan 
Widow. A Yorkfhire Tragedy. The Tragedy 
of Locrine. The Fourth Edition. [Printer's 
mark] London, Printed for H. Herringman, 
E. Brewfler, and R. Bentley, at the Anchor in 
the New Exchange, the Crane in St. Pauls 
Church- Yard, and in Ruffel-Street Coven t-Gar- 
den. 1685. 

The contents of the Fourth Folio are the same as in 
the third edition. The portrait and verses face the title- 
page and there are no changes in the text. The spelling 
is modernized. 



21 The Fourth Edition. London, Printed for H. 
Herringman, E. Brewfler, R. Chifwell, and R. 
Bentley, at the Anchor in the New Exchange ; 
and at the Crane, and Rofe and Crown in St. 
Pauls Church- Yard, and in Ruffel-Street Co- 
vent-Garden. 1685. 

Copies exist with still other changes in the imprint. 
** There are two title-pages, varying in the size of the 
type, and in the imprint." Lenox. 

16 



THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 

Sir William Alexander, Earl of Stirling 

(i567?-i64o). 
2 2 Recreations With the Muses. By William 
Earle of Sterline. London, Printed by Tho. 
Harper. 1637. 

This "North British Bard," as Baker called him, was 
a statesman as well as a poet. In 1621 he was granted 
jurisdiction over Nova Scotia and Canada. 

The volume contains "Foure Monarchicke Tragedies." 
* * Doomef-day, or, the great day of the Lords judgement, 
in twelve houres." "A Paraenefis to Prince Henry." 
"Jonathan, An heroicke Poeme intended. The firft 
Booke." 

Of the " Foure Monarchicke Tragedies," "The Tra- 
gedie of Darius " was published in quarto in 1603 ; " The 
Tragedy of Croesus," with "Darius," in 1604; and 
"The Alexandraean Tragedie " and "The Tragedy of 
lulius Caesar," with the first two, in quarto in 1607. 

The portrait, "Vera Effigies Gulielmi Comitis De 
Sterlin. ^tatis Suae LVII.," is very rare, and is said 
to have been used only in the author's copies. It is 
signed "Wilhel. Marlhall fculpsit."; and is called the 
masterpiece of that engraver. 

The title-page has a woodcut border. 

Francis Beaumont (i 584-1616) and John 
Fletcher (i 579-1625) 

23 Comedies And Tragedies Written by Francis 
Beaumont And John Fletcher Gentlemen. 
Never printed before, And now pubUfhed by 
the Authours Originall Copies. [Quotation] 

17 



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London, Printed for Humphrey Robinfon, at 
the three Pidgeons, and for Humphrey Mofeley 
at the Princes Armes in St Pauls Church-yard. 
1647. 

This collection was edited by James Shirley. It con- 
tains thirty-four plays, and includes all that had not 
previously appeared, with the exception of the "Wild 
Goose Chase," which was thought to be lost. 

The portrait of Fletcher inscribed, ''Poetarum In- 
geniosissimus loannes Fletcherus • Anglus, Episcopi 
Lond: Fili'" "Obijt 1625 ^tat : 49.", is signed "GulieP 
Marfliall Fecit." The nine lines beneath the cartouche 
are signed, ** J. Berkenhead." 

24 The same. 

The portrait is in a first state. The name "J. Ber- 
kenhead " appears here in large letters. 

25 The Wild-Goofe Chafe. A Comedie. As it hath 
been Acted. with fmgular Applaufe at the Black- 
Friers: Being the Noble, Lafl, and Onely Re- 
maines of thofe Incomparable Drammatifls, 
Francis Beaumont, and John Fletcher, Gent. 
Retriv'd for the publick dehght of all the In- 
genious ; And private Benefit Of John Lowin, 
And Joseph Taylor, Servants to His late Ma- 
jestic. By a Perfon of Honour. [Quotation] 
London, Printed for Humpherey Mofeley, and 
are to be fold at the Princes Armes in St. Paules 
Church-yard. 1652. 

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The lost manuscript having been found, the play was 
now published, as the title says, for the benefit of Lowin 
and Taylor, two needy actors. 

26 Fifty Comedies and Tragedies. Written by 
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Gentlemen. 
All in one Volume. Published by the Authors 
Original Copies, the songs to each Play being 
added. Si quid habent veri Vatum prsefagia 
vivam. London, Printed by J. Maycock, for 
John Martyn, Henry Herringman, Richard 
Marriot, MDCLXXIX. 

The volume contains seventeen plays, which were 
printed in quarto before the First Folio. A list of the 
Dramatis Personae is prefixed to each play, and songs 
are introduced where they were missing in the First Folio. 
The publishers in their preface profess to have reprinted 
from a corrected copy of 1647. They say : ''If our care 
and endeavours to do our Authors right (in an incorrupt 
and genuine Edition of their Works) ... be but requited 
with a suitable entertainment we shall be encouraged to 
bring Ben Johnson's two volumes into one and publish 
them in this form, and also to reprint Old Shakespeare : 
both which are designed by Yours " etc. 

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of New- 
castle (i624?~i674). 

27 Playes Written by the Thrice Noble, Illustrious 
And Excellent Princefs, The Lady Marchioness 
Of Newcastle. [Printer's mark] London, Printed 
by A. Warren, for John Martyn, James AUestry, 

19 



DRAMATIC FOLIOS OF 

and The. Dicas, at the Bell in Saint Pauls 
Church Yard, 1662. 

" This fantastic lady, as Mr. Walpole calls her, " was the 
wife of William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, who was 
also a dramatic writer. *' All the pieces he has left us in 
that way of writing are of the comic kind." 

The volume, containing twenty-one plays, is some- 
times thought to be a first volume, and the "Plays" 
printed in 1668, a second volume of *' Mad Madge's " 
"Works." They are, however, quite separate. 

Besides "The Dedication," and "The Epistle Dedi- 
catory," there are nine letters, of varying lengths, ad- 
dressed "To the Readers," who are designated as 
" Noble readers," " Worthy readers," and so on. 

28 Plays, Never before Printed. Written By the 
Thrice, Noble, Illuflrious, and Excellent Prin- 
cesse. The Duchefs of Newcaflle. [Ornament] 
London, Printed by A. Maxwell, in the Year 
M.DC.LX.VIII. 

The volume is often cut down to make it appear to be a 
second volume to the " Plays " of 1662. It contains five 
plays. The portrait is signed " Abr Diepenbeke delin. " 
"Van Schuppen fculpsit." " Portraits of the duchess, 
sometimes alone and at other times in the midst of her 
family, were appended to many of her volumes. These 
are ordinarily absent, and are scarcer than the volumes 
themselves, the rarity of some of which is excessive. " 

The book is notable for the large size of its type. 

Thomas Killigrew, the elder (161 2-1683) 

29 Comedies, And Tragedies. Written By Thomas 

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THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 

Killigrew, Page of Honour to King Charles the 
Firfl. And Groom of the Bed- Chamber to King 
Charles the Second. [Printer's mark] London, 
Printed for Henry Herringman, at the Sign of 
the Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New- Ex- 
change. 1664. 

The collection consists of eight plays. Three of them 
are in two parts. Each play has a separate title-page, 
dated either 1663 or 1664. Three of the plays were 
acted, but there is no record of the others having been 
put on the stage. 

The celebrated portrait of the author with his dog is 
signed, "W. Sheppard pinx. , " "W: Faithorne fculp : "; 
and the inscription reads: "Thomas Killegrew Page of 
Honour to King Charles the first Groome of the Bed- 
chamber to King Charles the Second and his Ma***^ : 
Resident with the Republique of Venice in the yeare 
1650." 

Sir Robert Howard (1626-1698) 
30 Four New Plays, Viz : 

^j^ ( Suprisal, ) Comedies. 
( Committee, ) 
.j^j^C Indian-Queen, > 

( Vestal- Virgin, ) ^ 
As they were Acted by His Majesties Servants 
at the Theatre- Royal. Written by the Honour- 
able Sir Robert Howard. Imprimatur, March 
7. i66f. Roger L'Eflrange. London, Printed 
for Henry Herringman, and are to be fold at 



DRAMATIC FOLIOS OF 

his Shop at the Blew-Anchor in the Lower 
Walk of the New-Exchange. 1665. 

"With respect to Sir Robert Howard's abilities," 
Baker says, ''they appear to have occasioned debates 
among the writers . . . while Gibber, on the contrary, 
will allow him no higher claim to notice in the re- 
public of letters, than that of being brother-in-law to 
Dryden. 

* * Howard does not mention that Dryden was concerned 
in the authorship [of the ** Indian Queen "] ; but Dryden, 
in the preface to the ' Indian Emperor' — which was de- 
signed as a sequel to the * Indian Queen ' — states that he 
wrote part of the earlier play." 



31 Five New Plays, Viz. 

The I S"^P"^^1' [ Comedies. 
( Committee, ) 

And 

/ Indian-Queen, ^ 
The ) Veftal- Virgin, i Tragedies. 

( Duke of Lerma, ) 
As they were Acted by His Majesty's Servants 
at the Theatre- Royal. Written by the Honour- 
able Sir Robert Howard. The Second Edition 
Corrected. London, Printed for Henry Herring- 
man, and are to be Sold by R. Bentley, J. Ton- 
fon, F. Saunders, and T. Bennet. MDCXCII. 

There are variations in the imprint. All the plays 
have separate title-pages. 

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The portrait, which appeared with this edition, is signed, 
"The Hon^e ST Robert Howard." "G. Kneller 
Eques pinxit. R. White Sculpfit." 

Sir William Killigrew (1606-1695) 
32 Four New Playes, viz: The Seege of Vrbin. 
Selindra. Love and Friendship. Pandora. A 
Comedy. Tragy-Comedies. Written by S' 
William Killigrew, Vice-Chamberlaine to Her 
Majesty. [Printer's mark] Oxford, Printed by 
Hen : Hall, printer to the University, for Ric : 
Davis, 1666. 

"Selindra" had been published alone in October, 
1665, and again, the same year, with "Pandora" in 
"Three Playes," printed by T. Mabb, for John Playford 
and Thomas Horsman. Each play has a separate title- 
page. 

Sir William was the eldest son of Sir Robert Killigrew 
and a brother of Thomas. Anne Killigrew, poetess and 
painter, who died of small-pox, was his niece. 

Roger Boyle, Baron Broghill, and first 
Earl of Orrery (1621-1679) 
^^ Two New Tragedies. The Black Prince, And 
Tryphon. The firfl Acted at the Theater- 
Royal By His Majesties Servants; The Other 
By his Highnefs the Duke of York's Servants. 
Both Written by the Right Honourable the 
Earl of Orrery. London, Printed for H. Her- 
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DRAMATIC FOLIOS OF 

ringman, at the Sign of the Blew Anchor, in 
the Lower Walk of the New Exchange. 1672. 

Boyle, who was a statesman and soldier, as well as a 
dramatist, wrote a ''Treatise on the Art of War," but it 
was in connection with the plays that Baker said of his 
wit, whose "early blossoms" were fair, **but not fairer 
than the fruit." 

''The Black Prince" was published in 1669. "Try- 
phon," which had not been printed before, has a separate 
title-page. Each play is paged separately. 

These two plays, and the two published in 1677, are 
in rhymed couplets. 

34 The History Of Henry the Fifth. And The 
Tragedy Of Mustapha, Son of Solyman the 
Magnificent. As they were Acted at his High- 
nefs, the Duke of York's Theatre. Written by 
The Right Honourable, the Earl of Orrery. 
London, Printed by T. N. for Henry Herring- 
man, at the Sign of the Blew Anchor in the 
Lower Walk of the New Exchange. 1677. 

"Henry the Fifth" was first published in 1668. 
"Mustapha," first published in 1668, has a separate 
title-page, and its two parts are paged together. This 
and the preceding volume are bound together. 

Sir William D'Avenant (i 606-1 668) 

35 The Works Of S' WilUam Davenant K* Confift- 
ing of Thofe which were formerly Printed, And 
Thofe which he defign'd for the Prefs: Now 
Published Out of the Authors Originall Copies. 

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THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY 

[Printer's ornament] London: Printed by T. 
N. for Henry Herringman, at the Sign of the 
Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New 
Exchange. 1673. 

There are fifteen plays in the collection. Three of 
them, ''News from Plimouth," "The Fair Favorite," 
and " Spanish Lovers," or, " Distresses," had not been 
published before. The masque " Coelum Britanicum," 
by Thomas Carew, was printed here by mistake. It 
was first issued by Thomas Walkley in 1634, and was 
afterward included in Carew' s "Poems," which that 
publisher put forth in 1640. 

" Gondibert " and "The Siege of Rhodes " have sep- 
arate title-pages. 

The portrait bust of D'Avenant, crowned with laurel, 
is signed " lo. Greenhill pinx. W. Faithorne Sculp." 

John Dryden (1631-1700) 

36 The Comedies, Tragedies, And Operas Written 
by John Dryden, Efq; Now firfl Collected to- 
gether, and Corrected from the Originals. In 
Two Volumes. London, Printed for Jacob 
Tonfon, at Gray's- Inn- Gate in Gray's-Inn-Lane ; 
Thomas Bennet, at the Half-Moon ; and Richard 
Welhngton, at the Lute in St. PauPs Church- 
Yard. MDCCI. 

The line engraving of **M'. John Dryden" has the 
inscription ''Peint par le Chevalier Kneller. Graue le 
Chevalier Edelinck C. P. R." It was probably pub- 
lished separately also. Copies of the book occur on 
large paper. 



INDEX OF AUTHORS 

Alexander (Sir William), Earl of Stirling, 17. 
Beaumont (Francis) and John Fletcher, 17-19. 
Boyle (Roger), Baron Broghill, and first Earl of 

Orrery, 23, 24. 
Broghill (Baron) and first Earl of Orrery (Roger 

Boyle), 23, 24. 
Cavendish (Margaret), Duchess of Newcastle, 19, 20. 
Daniel (Samuel), 5, 6, 
D'Avenant (Sir William), 24, 25. 
Dryden (John), 25. 

Fletcher (John) and Francis Beaumont, 17-19. 
Howard (Sir Robert), 21-23. 
Jonson (Benjamin), 6-9. 
Killigrew (Thomas), the elder, 20-21. 
Killigrew (Sir William), 23. 

Newcastle (Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of), 19, 20. 
Orrery (Roger Boyle, Baron Broghill, and first Earl 

of), 23, 24. 
Shakespeare (William), 9-16. 
Stirling (Sir William Alexander, Earl of), 17. 



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