Hill's List of Early Plays in Manuscript
Hill's List of Early Plays in Manuscript (British Library Sloane MS 2893).
The following list of early plays in manuscript was recorded by book collector Abraham Hill (1635-1721): "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 V.1283). It is reproduced from pages 73-74 of Adams. (NB. the numbers were provided by Adams for ease of reference; they did not appear in the original document).
The Hill note-books, ten in number and representing miscellaneous material assembled by him at various times (probably between 1660, when after inheriting a fortune he took chambers at Gresham College, and 1703, when he retired from London to his estate in Sutton-at-Hone), consist chiefly of excerpts dealing with ecclesiastical matters, though with occasional notes on science, politics, and book-sales.
The list of plays in manuscript . . . is to be found in the third note-book, a curious volume made up of 218 leaves and even scraps of paper, of different sizes, tipped in by the binder and here brought together, it would seem, merely for the purpose of preservation. No system is apparent in the arrangement of the materials, though it may be significant that folios 150-92 consist of lists of books and detailed notes on certain London auctions....
The list of plays in manuscript is written on both sides of a fairly large sheet of paper measuring about 28 by 17.6 cm.
The following images from British Library Sloane MS 2893, pp.190-92 are reproduced by permission of the British Library.
|British Library Sloane MS 2893, p.190.||British Library Sloane MS 2893, p.192.|
A further scrap of paper, given the foliation 191 but inserted after the two pages digitised above, contains further playtitles:
|British Library Sloane MS 2893, p.191.|
(Titles in blue are linked to LPD entries)
|1||The Conquerors custome or the fair prisoner||Tho Middleton|
|2||The white Moor||Tho Decker|
|3||Christianetta or Marriage & hanging goe by destiny||Chapman & Brome|
|4||The wrongd Widows tragedy|
|5||The Lovers holiday or the Beare|
|6||All is not Gold that glisters|
|7||Look on me & Love me or marriage in the dark|
|8||The Witch of Edmonton||Will. Sh|
|9||The painted Lady|
|11||disguises or love in disguise, a pettycoat voyage||Th. Decker|
|12||mull sack or the looking glass the Bachelor or the Hawk|
|13||the Welch Embassador or a Comedy in disguises||Tho Dekker|
|14||Your 5 gallants (is in print)|
|15||The Wandring Jew|
|16||a Citty shew on the L. Mayors day||Tho Dekker|
|17||Roxolana or the Ambitious stepdame|
|18||Osman the Turk or the Ottoman custome|
|19||More then 9 days wonder Two constant women|
|20||The fatal banquet|
|21||Valentinian or Rapes Revenge|
|22||a match without money or the Wiues prise|
|23||The younger Brother or male Curtesan|
|24||the widdow captain|
|25||the white witch of Westminster or Love in a Lunacy|
|26||the Dutch painter & the french brawle|
|27||a Gentleman no Gentleman a metamorphosed Courtier|
|Actors Eustace, frampole, friswood &c|
|28||Philip of macedon|
|29||the Triumph of Jnnocence|
|30||2 Christmas tale or the Knight & the Cobbler||Philip Lane|
|31||a Court Purge|
|32||The Cloudy Queen & singing moor.||(2 Copies)|
|33||The City night cap.|
|34||Tereus with a pastoral||M.A|
|Actors. Agnostus Eupathus &c|
|Actors Mufti Nassuf &c|
|35||the 2 Spanish Gentlemen|
|36||Challenge for beauty (is in print)||Tho Heywood|
|37||The unfaithfull wife|
|38||a way to make a knaue honest.|
|39||the ambitious brother||G. Buc|
|41||the noble husbands||Henry Glapthor[ne]|
|Actors Cataloche le dirard &c|
|42||the widdows prise or the woman Captain|
|43||Believe it is so & tis so||Th. Decker|
|44||the Lovers holyday|
|46||The marriage night|
|47||the tragedy of Tomerania|
|48||the false friend|
|50||Pandorae Pyxis||} Latin.|
Adams, Joseph Quincy. “Hill’s List of Early Plays in Manuscript.” The Library 4th Ser., 20.1 (1939): 71-99.
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