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Relevant entries in the Stationers’ Register

--from Edward Arber’s A Transcript of the Stationers’ Registers 1554-1640 (London, 1875, 1967)

These entries are given here as shadowy but definite indicators of interest (or assumed interest) in dancing and entertainments. I have not included plays as they are well documented elsewhere, but the abundance of jigs, dance-themed ballads, accounts of masques and entertainments, and treatises on dancing evident here has not previously been noted. I have concentrated on books and ballads with dance or masque terms in their titles, but have included various other sources that seemed relevant (e.g. works describing the funeral ceremonies for Prince Henry as opposed to all texts relating to his death).

I have (perhaps, foolishly) not included references to Tarlton, of which there are quite a few, unless they specifically mention dance. Tarlton, one of the most famous clowns of the Elizabethan stage, was noted for his jigs, and so my next edition of these references will include the various references to Tarlton's jests and jokes as well. (Hunter, 532)

Volume II

Date

Type

Title

Author

Page

20 Nov. 1577

ballad

a myrror from all men from moste to the Leaste by this merye morisdaunce at the Birdes feaste

143b

2 Dec. 1577

wherein Dycinge Dauncynge vaine playenge and Intnerludes with other idle pastimes &c comonlie used on the Saboth Daie are reproved

144

3 Sep. 1580

ballad

Daunce, Daunce, Daunce, merry Daunce, comme on and daunce with Beggery

171b

23 May 1581

A Dialogue between Custome and veritie Concerninge the use and abuse of Dauncinge and Mynstalsye

180

23 Jul. 1582

A Dialogue of Dauncinge

190b

13 Jan. 1588/9

ballad

The hangmans Daunc[e] shewing the just Reward of a bribed knave

240

3 Jun. 1590

prose

the enterteynement of the Scottish kinge and his Queene, at theire entringe into Scotland with the Queenes coronacon

258

5 Jan. 1590/1

ballad

a newe Northern Jigge

269

16 Dec. 1591

the Seconde parte of the gigge betwene ROWLAND and the Sexton

282b

28 Dec. 1591

the thirde and last parte of Kempes Jigge

282b

14 Jan. 1591/2

a merrie newe Jigge betwene JENKIN the Collier and Nansie

283

15 Jan. 1591/2

book

a little book entitled a shorte and profitable treatise of lawfull and unlawfull recreacons

283b

28 Feb. 1591/2

to transl to Englishe - Le Masque De La ligue et De L'Hispagnol decouvert

284b

5 Feb. 1592/3

A plesant fancie or merrie conceyt called 'the passionat morrys/daunst by a crue of Eight couple of w[h]ores, all meere Enimyes to love'

295b

25 Jun. 1594

Orchestra, or a poeme of Daunsing

310

16 Jan. 1594/5

A plesant newe Jigge of the broomeman

Kempe

317

4 Feb. 1594/5

a pleasant Jigge betwene a tincker and a clowne

317b

174 Feb. 1594/5

ballad

Cuttinge George, and his hostis - beinge a Jigge

318

2 May 1595

ballad

New Jigge of the kitchen stuffe woman

Kempe

132

26 May 1595

ballad

His gigg of the slyppers

Phillips

132b

Volume III

Date

Type

Title

Author

Page

14 Oct. 1595

A pretie newe J[i]gge betwene FFRANCIS the gentleman RICHARD the farmer and theire wyves

49

21 Oct. 1595

ballad

KEMPS newe Jygge betwixt, a souldiour and a Miser and SYM the clown

50

21 Nov. 1596

book

Orchestra/ or a poeme of Dauncinge

[Sir John Davies]

74

5 Jan. 1597/8

book?

The Roll of the Daunce of Death with pictures and verses upon the same.

100

22 Apr. 1600

book

KEMPS morris to Norwiche

[Will Kemp]

160

16 Oct. 1600

book

the lettinge of Humours blood in the head vayne with a newe morisco Daunced by Seven Satyres uppon the bottome of DIOGENES tubbe.

174

8 Jan. 1601/2

book

the unmaskinge of the politique Atheist

199

14 May 1603

book

King JAMES his entertainement at Theobaldes. with his welcomme to London

234

11 Jun. 1603

ballad

Of ye Joy and ready preparacon of ye nobles and states of this Land for ye enterteyninge of the kinge

237

16 Jun. 1603

ballad

Englandes sweet Comfort with the kinges entertaynment by the Maior of Yorke

238

19 Mar . 1603/4

book?

the Royall entertainment into London of our Royall King JAMES with our Renownede Quene Together with their eldest sonne HENRY FFREDERICK Prince of WALES

254

21 Mar . 1603/4

ballad

Of A Part of the Kinges Maiesties right royall and magnificent Entertainement through his honorable city of London the 15 of marche 1603 [1604] So muche as was presented in the first and Last of their Triumphall Arches / with a speech made for the presentacon in the second erected at the charges of the lordes knightes gentlemen and other th[e] inhabitantes of the City of Westminster with the liberties of the Duchie of Lancaster

both done by BENIAMIN JOHNSON

255

27 Mar . 1603/4

 book

A book called The tyme Triumphant or the true modell Aswell of the Kinges Maiesties first comming into England [in 1603] as also his Royall progresse from the Tower through the citie the 15 of march 1603 [1604] to his highnes Mannour of Whitehall

256

27 Mar . 1603/4

 ballad

A ballad intituled A Joyfull song of the Royall progres of our souereigne Lord Kinge JAMES together with his Quene prince and nobilitie from the Tower of London to Whitehall &c 15 Marciu 1603 [1604]

256

28 Mar . 1603/4

'A newe songe of the triumphs of the Tilt before the kinge the 29 of March 1604' to the tune of 'Braggendarty'
[registered in advance of the event]

257

2 Apr. 1604

book

A Booke Called The magnificent Entertainement gyven to Kinge JAMES. Quene ANNE his wife. and HENRY FREDERICK the prince vppon the day of his maiesties triumphant passage from the Tower through his honorable City and chamber of London. the 15 of marche 1603 [1604]

258

12 Feb. 1604/5

enterlude

enterlude of King HENRY the 8th

* yf he gett good alowance

283

12 Jul. 1605

book

A booke called. The Royall enterteynment of the right honorable the Earl of NOTTINGHAM sent Ambassador from his maiestie to the king of Spayne

296

28 Jul. 1605

book?

Entred for his Copie by warrant from the EArle of NOTTINGHAM A true relacon of the entertacon of the said E[a]rle sent Ambassador into Spaine

296

19 Sep. 1605

book

a booke called Oxfordes triumphe in the Royall entertaynement of his most Excellent maiestie the Quene and the Prynce 27 Auguste 1605 With the Kinges Oration Deliuered to the vniuersitie and the incorporatinge of Diuerse noblemen Maysters of Art

301

16 Oct. 1605

interlude

Enterlude called. The retourne from Pernassus or the scourge of Simony publiquely Acted by the studentes in Sainct Johns College in Cambridg[e]

304

25 July 1606

book

A booke called Honour triumphant or the peares Challenge by Armes to be defended againste all Commers &c. Also the Monarchies meetinge of the kinge of Denmarkes welcome into England

327

30 July 1606

book?

the Kinge of Denmarkes entertainement at Tilberie Hope by the kinge &c

327

30 July 1606

book

A Booke called Englandes farewell to CHRISTIAN the FFOURTHE kinge of Denmarke With a Relacon of suche shewes and seuerall pastymes presented to his Maiestie, aswell at Courte the ffirste of Auguste as in other places since his honorable passage through the Cytie of London &c

328

6 Oct. 1606

book

A Book called The Seven deadly synnes of London drawen in 7 seuerall coaches throughe the. 7 gates of the city

330

20 Nov. 1606

book

A booke called Conclusions vppon Dances bothe of this Age and of the olde

333

26 Jan. 1607

book

a booke called the discription of A maske presented before the kinges maiestie at Whitehall on Twelfnight last [6 Jan. 1607], in honour of the Lord HAIES and his bryde Daughter and heire to the right honorable the Lord DENNY, their mariage havinge ben at Court the same day solemnised

[by T. Camption, M.D.]

337

26 Jul. 1607

book

A booke called. Hilaria or the triumphant feast for the vth of August 1607

357

7 Nov. 1607

book

A book called A bloody tragedye or Romishe masque Acted by ffyve Jesuytes and 16 yonge Germayne ffroes

translated out of Dutche

364

8 Jan. 1607/8

book

A booke called Powles Walkes or a gallant Dismasked

367

21 Apr. 1608

book?

The. Characters of Twoo Royall Maskes.

Invented by BEN. JOHNSON

375

22 Feb. 1608/9

book

a booke called, The maske of Queenes Celebrated,

done by BENIAMIN JOHNSON

402

20 Jun 1609

book

A booke called, The MEGGE of Hereforde sheire or a mayde MARRIA and Hereforde towne for a Morris daunce

414

11 Jun 1610

book

A booke called, The Trophees of kinge JAMES the FIRSTE of greate Brittayne, Ffraunce and Ireland, kinge, defendour of ye ffayth

436

12 Jun 1610

book

A booke called, Chesters Triumphe in honour of ye Prince, as it was performed upon Saincte Georges Day 1610. in the[e] aforesayd Citty

436

7 Aug 1610

book

A booke called, The Madde pranckes of mery MALL of the Banckside, with her walkes in mans apparell, and to what purpose

written by JOHN DAY

441

31 Oct 1610

book

A booke called, Histriomastix or the player whipte.

447

19 Mar 1610/1

book

A booke called, The first parte of Musicall crochettes, or Courte, Citty, and Country varietyes, conceites and pastimes, to 3, 4, and 5 voyces

[by THOMAS RAVENSCROFT]

456

9 Aug 1611

book

A booke called, MINERUA Britanna or a garden of heroycall devises, furnished and adorned with Emblemes and Impresas of sundry natures, newely deuised, moralized, and published

by HENRY PEACHAM master of the Artes

462

16 Jan 1611/2

book

A booke called, The Arte of Jugglinge or Legerdemayne &c.

by S.R.

475

21 Apr 1612

book

A booke to be translated and so printed when it is further aucthorised called in Ffrenche, Le Triomphe Royall Contenant vn brief discourse de ce quis est passe au parc. royall a Parys au mois d'Avrill 1612

482

21 Apr 1612

book

A booke to be translated and so printed when it is further aucthorised called in Ffrenche Discours a Brege du magnifique Carousell fait en la place Royall le 5, 6, 7 d'Aurill, pour le marriage du Roy et de Madame sa Soeur, avec les enfans du Roy d'Espagne

482

22 Apr 1612

book

A booke to be translated into English and printed when it is further auc[h]orised, called Le feux de Ioye de la Ffrance sur les pompes et magnificences faites a Paris pour l'heureuse Allyance de son Roy avec l'Infante d'Espagne

482

23 Apr 1612

book

A booke to be translated and so printed when it is further allowed called in Ffrenche, Description et representation de toutes les victoires tant par eau que par terre, lesquelles DIEU a Oct[r]oices aux nobles, hautes et puissantes Seigneurs, messeigneurs les estates des Provinces Vnies du Pais bas Souz la Conduite et gouvernement de son excellence le prince MAURICE de Nassau &c

482

23 May 1612

book

A booke called, A generall discourse of the Triumphe held in the listes royall at Parys in Aprill last for ioy of the kinges marriage with the Infant[e] of Spayne &c

486

19 Oct 1612

book

A booke called / The most Royall and magnificent enterteynement of the mighty prynce the Palsgraue at the Hag[u]e and other places in his iourney for England With his Roiall Wellcomme ashore by the most excellent prince the Duke of LENOX and others of the nobilitie of this land with his comming to London the 18 of October 1612 beinge sunday and Saint Lukes daie and his great Welcomme

499

21 Oct 1612

book

A Booke called Troia Nova triumphans. London triumphinge. or the solemne receauinge, of Sir JOHN SWYNERTON knight into the citye at his Retourne from Westminster after the taking his oathe

written by THOMAS DECKER

500

5 Dec 1612

book

A booke called, the obsequies and funeralles of the highe and mightie Prynce HENRY. prince of WALES &c Who decease the. 6. Day of nouember 1612 and Was pryncelie enterred in the Abbaie of Westminster, the. 6. day of December folowinge

506

7 Dec 1612

ballad

A ballad called, A Complaynt againste DEATH for takinge away the highe and hopeful Prince HENRY of great Brittayne with the manner of his funerall

507

11 Dec 1612

ballad

A ballad called, the first and second parte of the Lyfe and deathe of the late noble prince HENRY, with the order of his funerall

507

17 Dec 1612

book

A booke called / Epicedium or the three sisters teares for the Death of the late Royall Deceased HENRY prince of WALES &c together with the order of his highnes funerall.

by R. N. Oxon

508

21 Jan 1612/3

book

A booke called. 'A strange horse race.' at the ende of whiche commes in. 'the Catchpolles, masque &c'

[by T. DECKER]

512

30 Jan 1612/3

book, ballad

A booke called. triumphes or a description of the ho[norable]. and roiall celebracon of the pruncesse ELIZABETH and [the] prince Palatines nuptialles with the true maner of the fyerworkes, seafightes &c

With the ballad of ye same matter

514

14 Feb 1612/3

book, ballad

A booke called. great Brytaynes generall Joyes. Londons glorious triumphes &c.

Item a ballad of the same Matter.

515

15 Feb 1612/3

book

A booke called. A mariage triumphe solemnised in An Epithalamion in memory of the happie nuptialles of [the] prynce Palatine and the lady ELIZABETH solemnised the 14 of ffebruarij 1612 [i.e. 1613]

515

18 Feb 1612/3

book

A booke called The Mariage of the twoo great prynces FFRIDERICK Count Palatine and the Lady ELIZABETH &c with the shewes and fierwoorkes on the Water. the maskes and Reuels at the Courte

516

27 [Feb] 1612/3

book

A booke called the [description] of the maske performed before the kinge by the gent[lemen] of the Myddle temple and Lincolns Inne with the maske of Grayes Inne and th[e] Inner Temple

516

Die et anno praedicto

[btw 25 and 30 Mar 1612/3]

ballad

a ballad Called The Honour of Englishmen / Shewing the gloriouse tryumphs performed by the cheife of the English Nobility at Tilt before the King and Queens Maiesties the Paulsgraue and the Ladie ELIZABETH at White Hall vppon the 24th of March 1612 [i.e. 1613]

518

30 Mar 1612/3

book

A booke called A Monument of Rembrance erected in Albion. in honour of the hopefull mariage magnificent Departure, from Brytayne and honorable receavinge in Germanie. at Heidelbergh of the two most noble Prynces. FFRIDERICK. ELIZABETH &c

518

2 Jun 1613

book

A true relacon of the Ambassador of the high and mighty the States Generall of the Vnited Provinces CORNELIUS HAGE at Constantinople Lykewise the greate enterteinment and receiving of the said Ambassador with his traine and companie shewed vnto him in his imperiall Turkish court / and also the greate freedom by him there obtained for the benefitt of the said vnyted Lowe countreys

525

30 Jun 241

book

A booke called the Journall of the Journey of the Countie Palatine and the lady ELIZABETH from England to He[i]delberghe in Germany and their enterteynementes by the Way

527

8 Oct 1613

book

A booke called the Queenes Maiesties entertaynement at Bristoll

533

3 Nov 1613

book

a booke called 'the tryvmphs of truth' of all the showes pagiantes Chariots &c on the Lord Maiours Day octobris 29. 1613

536

21 Jan 1613/4

book?

The maske of flowers by the gent[lemen] of Graies Inne vppon Twelfe Night 1613 [6 Jan 1614]

540

20 Jan 1614/5

book?

Certayne Masques at the Court never yet printed

Ben Johnson

562

3 Apr 1615

book

a booke called a vision or Dreame contayneing certayne Newes out of the Lowe Contryes together with a thing called a Dance and the last will of the truce

565

12 May 1616

sermon

the unmaskinge of the hipocritte

Doctor Rawlinson

588

29 Oct 1616

book

a booke called 'the golden ffishing' of the showes of Sir JOHN LEMAN Lord Maiour

597

10 Jul 1619

book?

The Temple Maske Anno 1618 [? 1619]

652

13 Sep 1619

book

Natures embassie, or the wildemans measures Daunc'd naked by eleauen Satires

Richard Brathwaite gent[leman]

655

29 Jan 1619/20

book

Perspectiue spectacles of speciall vse together with Diuers meditacons in French and in English

Josuah Siluester

664

4 Jul 1620

book

A  Courtly Masque or 'the world tossed at Tennis,' acted at the Princes Armes, by the Prince [CHARLES] his highnes seruantes

676

Volume IV

Date

Type

Title

Author

Page

19 Aug 1622

book?

The Entertaynement of Count MANSFIELD and the Duke of BRUNSWICK into the service and pay of the duke of BULLEN being both dismissed by the King of Behemia, with the weekely Currant from all partes

78

24 Sep 1622

book

Annabaptismes mistery of Iniquity vnmasked

J. P.

81

5 Jul 1623

book?

The Royall Entertainments giuen the Prince of Great Brittaine. by the King of Spaine, at the festiuitie of Easter and Pentecost.

100

3 Sep 1623

A Booke of Jiggs conteyning three bookes or partes

103

15 Sep 1623

book?

A Relation of the solemne festiuities made by the king of Spaine at Madrid, the 21 of August, this present yeare [1623] to honour the espousals Treaties of the Illustrious Prince of WALES with the Lady Infanta, MARIA of AUSTRAI

translated out of Spanish

104

19 Oct 1627

book

The vnmasking of all popish Monks ffrayars, and Jesuits

Lewis Owen

187

16 Oct 1630

book

Histrio Mastix­

* Crost out by order of Court the first of December 1634.

master William Prinn

241

16 Mar 1630/1

book

the Tournament of Tottenham

master [William] Bedwell

249

27 Oct 1632

Table i.e. broadside

a yearely Continuacion of the Lord Maiours and Sherriffs of London &c

287

10 May 1633

ballad

A princely progresse or the the Subiectes welwishing to his Maiesty goeing into Scotland

296

5 Jul 1633

book

a Short relacion of his Maiesties Reception, Coronation, and entertainments with other perticulars concerning his voyage to Edenborough &c given at Edenborough the first of Julij 1633

272

8 Jul 1633

ballad

ffoot it Madam

299

24 Jan 1633/4

book?

The Maske of the four Inns of Court with the Sceane as it is to be presented before his Maiesty at Whitehall the third of ffebruary [1634] next

313

7 Jul 1634

book

The Inns of Court Anagramatist or the Masquers, masqued in Anagrams

Ffrancis Lenton

322

22 Aug 1634

ballad

The Witches Dance

326

14 Oct 1634

book

the Booke of the Lord Mayours show for this yeare 1634

Master [John] Taylor

328

30 Sep 1635

play

The Queenes Maske or LOUEs Mistresse

Master [Thomas] Haywood

348

6 Aug 1636

book?

A morrall Maske

Thomas Nabbes

367

27 Mar 1637

book?

the Pastime of Parents

380

24 Jun 1637

ballad

A Merry Round &c

386

2 Aug 1637

ballad

The Mad mans morris &c

391

28 Nov 1637

book

The arrivall of the Morrocco Ambassador Alkad[e] JAURAR BEN ABDALA with his Comemdations of his entertainment in England &c

400

10 Dec 1638

ballad

A new Northerne Jigg

447

21 May 1639

enterlude

The Interlude of King HENRY the EIGHT

466

20 Feb 1639/40

book

The Masque of the Gypsies

Beniamin Johnson

500

20 Mar 1639/0

masques

The Masque of Augures
Tyme vindicated
NEPTUNEs triumphes and
PANNs Anniuersary or the sheapards holy day

503

23 Mar 1639/40

book

The workes of THOMAS CAREW Esquire. late Sewer to his Maiesty being Poems and Masques

504

19 May 1640

book

An answere to Master PRINNs [i.e. W. PRYNNE's] Histriomastix.

Alexander [?]

511

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