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Historical Records

The fifty-first item on Hill's List of Early Plays in Manuscript is:


Theatrical Provenance

This play is not known except on Hill's List, and therefore cannot be ascribed to a particular company or dated beyond Bentley's usual formula: "The list seems to have been Hill's record of the stock of some bookseller, set down between 1677 and 1703, but it is notable that nearly all the identifiable plays and playwrights of the list are Jacobean or Caroline" (Bentley, 5.1283).

This one being seemingly in Latin, adds Bentley, "It may well have been an academic play".

Probable Genre(s)


Possible Narrative and Dramatic Sources or Analogues

None known

References to the Play

None known

Critical Commentary

None, beyond Adams's observation that it is unknown, and Bentley's suggestion that it was an academic play.

For What It's Worth

Could this puzzling word be a transcription error for "Alcumista", the Latin word for alchemist? In that case, its meaning would be straightforward. It could have been a lost Latin play about an alchemist, or indeed merely Erasmus's colloquy of that name, which could loosely be termed a drama.

At the time of writing, "Aleumista" remains entirely unknown to EEBO-TCP and even to google, except for hits generated by this record and - perhaps significantly - one OCR error for "alcumista".

Works Cited

Adams, Joseph Quincy. “Hill’s List of Early Plays in Manuscript.” The Library 4th Ser., 20.1 (1939): 71-99.

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