Warburton’s List (Lansdowne MS 807).
In a marginal note in the British Library's Lansdowne MS 807, John Warburton (1682-1759), Somerset Herald, reports that his extensive collection of unprinted MS drama from the early seventeenth century was entrusted to his cook, who (failing to recognise their value) apparently used the manuscripts in the course of her kitchen duties, burning them or otherwise destroying them in the process of baking. Only 3 full plays (and one MS fragment) ‘survived’: The Queen of Corsica, The Second Maiden’s Tragedy, and Bugbears in full; Benefice in fragmentary form.
“It is a thin foolscap folio bound in Russia. The end papers are modern. An original flyleaf is preserved, but not numbered; then comes a leaf with the Warburton and Shelburne book-plates on the verso, then Warburton’s list, mounted and reckoned as folio 1. The plays follow: the ‘Queen of Corinth’ occupying folios 2-28, the ‘Second Maiden’s Tragedy’ folios 29-56, the ‘Bugbears’ folios 57-77. at the end is an imperfect play in quarto occupying folios 78-88. it is a fragment of the ‘Benefice’ by R. Wild containing III.iv. to the end. That completes the collection as now extant” (Greg, “The Bakings of Betsy” 230).
The following images from British Library Lansdowne MS 807, fo. 1r-v are reproduced by permission of the British Library.
|British Library Lansdowne MS 807, fol.1r.||British Library Lansdowne MS 807, fol.1v.|
The following transcription of Warburton’s list is based on Greg, “The Bakings of Betsy” 230-32. Hover over titles for links to LPD entries, where relevant.
- The Honr. Loves by Will. Rowley
- Henry ye 1st. by Will. Shakespeare & Rob. Davenport
- The fair favourit
- Minervas Sacrifise Phill. Masenger
- Duke Humphery Will. Shakespear
- Citty Shuffler
- Sr. Jon Suckling’s Workes
- Nothing Imposeble to love T. C. Sr Rob. Le Green
- The forc’d Lady A T. Phill. Massinger
- The Governer T. Sr. Corñ. Fermido
- The Lovers of Loodgate
- The Flying Voice by Ra. Wood
- The Mayden Holaday by Chris. Marlowe
- The Fatal Love
- The Puritan Maid ye. Modest Wife & ye. Wanton Widow by Tho. Middleton
- The London Marchat (sic) A Com. By Jon Ford.
- The King of Swedland
- Love hath found out his Eyes by Tho. Jorden
- Antonio & Vallia by Phill. Massinger
- The Dutches of Fernandina T. Hen. Glapthorn
- Jocondo & Astolfo C. Thõ. Decker
- St. Geõ. For England by Will. Smithe
- The Parliamt of Love by Wm. Rowley
- The Widows Prise C. Wm Sampson
- The Inconstant Lady Wm. (sic) Wilson
- The Womans Plott Phill. Massinger
Marchants SacrificeCrafty Marchat (sic) C Shack. Marmio[n
- An Interlude by Ra. Wood worth Nothing
- The Tyrant A Tragedy by Phill. Massenger
The Yorkshire Gentlewoman & her Son T.
- The None Such A C. Wm Rowley
- The Royal Combate A C. by Jon. Forde.
- Philenzo & Hipolito A C. by Phill. Massenger
- Beauty in a Trance A C. Jon. Forde.
- The Judge A C. by Phill. Massenger.
- A good beginning may have A good end by Jon. Ford
- Fast and Welcom C. by Phill. Massinger
- Belive as you. list C. By Phill. Massinger
- Hist. of Jobe by Rob. Green
- The Vestall A Tragedy by H. Glapthorn
- The Noble Tryall. T. H. Glapthorn
- After I had been many years Collecting
- these MSS Playes, through my own
- carelesness and the Ignorace (sic) of my S[er
- in whose hands I had lodged them they
- was unluckily burnd or put under
- Pye bottoms, excepting ye three which followes.
- J. W.
- Yorkshire Gentlewoman and her Son T
- The Honr. of Women A C. by Massinger
- Alexias or ye chast Glallant (sic) T. P Massinger
- The vestal a Tragedy H. Glapthorn
- The Noble choise T.C. P. Massinger
- A Mask R. Govell
- 2d. pt. Maidens Trag. Geo. Chapman
- The Great Man T.
- The Spanish Purchas C.
- The Queen of Corsica T. by F. Jaques
- The Tragd. of Jobe Good
- The Nobleman T.C. Cyrill Turnuer
- A Play by Will Shakespear
- Bugbear C. Jon. Geffrey
- Orpheus C.
- Tis Good Sleeping in A Whole Skin W. Wager
- Farry (sic) Queen
Greg, W. W. “The Bakings of Betsy.” The Library, 3rd series. 7.11 (1911): 225-259.
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