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Five New Plays, (viz.) The Madd Couple well matcht.
Novella. Court Begger. City Wit. Damoiselle. By
Richard Brome. London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley,
Richard Marriot, and Thomas Dring, and are to be sold
at their shops, 1653.

Another title-page :

London, Printed by J.F. and are to be sold by J.Sweeting, at his shop at the Angel in Popeshead-Alley. 1654.

Every play except the first is preceded by a separate title-page. All are dated 1653. The second and third are 'Printed for Richard Marriot and Thomas Dring'; the last two are ‘Printed by T. R. for Richard Marriot, and Thomas Dring.' The volume is preceded by an engraved portrait by T. Cross, with verses underneath by A.B. There are prefatory verses by Aston Cokayne and Alex. Brome, who is the editor. There is no dedication. The second title-page of 1654 precedes the copy in the Yale Library. As the separate title-pages to every play are identical with those of the copies with Humphrey Moseley's title-page, this probably represents a transference of publishers, but not a new edition. I find no reference to the title-page of the Yale copy in any bibliographical work. It is not in the British Museum.

THE QUEEN'S EXCHANGE The Queenes Exchange, a Comedy, Acted with general applause at the Black-Friars by His Majesties Servants. Written by Richard Brome. Regia res amor est. London, Printed for Henry Brome, at the Hand in Pauls Church-yard. 1657.

Another title-page:

The Royal Exchange, 1661. The Biog. Dram., Dict. Nat. Biog., etc., call this another edition of the Queen's Exchange, 1657, with a new title, but Brindsley Nicholson (Notes and Queries, 7th. Ser. No. 7, p. 126) says that he found by examination of copies in his library that the Royal Exchange was undoubtedly the same issue, with the unsold copies prefixed by a new title-page.

FIVE NEW PLAY'S, 1659 Five New Playes, viz. The English Moor, or the Mock-Marriage. The Love-Sick Court, or the Ambitious Politique. Covent Garden Weeded. The New Academy, or the New Exchange. The Queen and Concubine. By Richard Brome. London, Printed for A. Crook at the Green Dragon in Saint Paul's Churchyard, and for H. Brome at the Gunn in Ivy-Lane, 1659.


Some copies have ‘Five New Playes' written vertically across the page facing the title. Prefatory verses by T. S. and Alex. Brome, the editor. No dedication. Separate title-pages to every play. The first has two titlepages, one dated 1659, the other 1658; the last play is dated 1659; the other three 1658. The first two are paged continuously, the rest have each a separate pagination.

The catalogue of the British Museum lists an edition of 1669, which, I am informed by A. W. K. Miller, Esq., of the Department of Printed Books, is a misprint.

THE DEBAUCHEE The Debauchee : or the Credulous Cuckold, A Comedy. Acted at his Highness the Duke of York's Theatre. Licensed, Feb. 23, 167617 Roger L'Strange. London: Printed for John Amery, at the Peacock, against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet-Street. 1677.


An alteration by Mrs. Aphra Behn(?) of the Mad Couple well Matched (in Five New Plays, 1653).

COLLECTED WORKS The Dramatic Works of Richard Brome containing fifteen comedies now first collected in three volumes. London. John Pearson. York Street. Covent Garden. 1873.


With portrait from the edition of 1653. A literal reprint, slightly inaccurate. Lancashire Witches omitted.


Verses prefixed to Thomas Nabbes's masque, Micro

cosmus, 1637. Verses prefixed to Thomas Jordan's Poetical Varieties,

1637. Verses prefixed to Shakerley Marmion's Cupid and Psyche,

1637 To John Fletcher [a preface to Fletcher's Monsieur

Thomas], 1639. Verses prefixed to John Tatham's Fancies Theatre, 1640. To John Fletcher (prefixed to the folio of Beaumont

and Fletcher], 1647. To Henry, Lord Hastings, son of the Earl of Huntington,

[in Lachrymæ Musarum), 1649. Upon Aglaura printed in Folio [in Musarum Delicia

p. 58), 1656. Also in Five New Plays, 1659, preceding Weeding of

Covent Garden, and in Pearson's edition, 1873. A Song.

‘Away with all grief and give us more sack.' Last two lines quoted in Jovial Crew, 1652.

In Five New Plays, 1659.

Also in Pearson's edition, 1873. To my Lord Newcastle, on his Play Called the Variety. In Five New Plays, preceding Weeding of Covent Garden,

1659. Also in Pearson's edition, 1873. The Old Man's Delight. Three stanzas, signed R. B., with two more added by A. B., in Poems by Alexander Brome, 1661. Hazlitt's attribution to Brome of the verses added to John Donne's Poems (1635) and signed Mr. R. B., is undoubtedly wrong, for not only is the acquaintance with Donne most unlikely, but the style of the verses is totally different from Brome's.

The Song in the Jovial Crew, Act 2, 'Come! Come

away! The spring' is reprinted in : J. H.'s Catch that Catch Can (with music), 1652. An Antidote Against Melancholy, 1661. Walsh's Catch Club, c. 1705. English Verse-Chaucer to Burns. Ed. Linton and

Stoddard, 1883. Rare Poems of the 16th and 17th Centuries. Ed. W. J.

Linton, 1883. Lyrics from the Dramatists. Ed. A. H. Bullen, 1889. Sevententh Century Lyrics. Ed. G. Saintsbury, 1892. English Lyric Poetry. Ed. F. I. Carpenter, n. d. The Song in the Northern Lass, 2. 6, ‘Nor love nor fate

do I accuse,' is reprinted in : Choice Drollery, 1656. Westminster Drollery, 1671. Reprint of 1875. Lyrics from the Dramatists. Ed. A. H. Bullen, 1889. Seventeenth Century Lyrics. Ed. G. Saintsbury, 1892. The Jonson Anthology. Ed. E. Arber, 1899.

EDITING Monsieur Thomas, by John Fletcher. T. Harper for J. Waterson, London, Quarto, 1639.

Brome wrote prefatory verses to this volume and dedicated it to Charles Cotton, the Elder.

Lachrymæ Musarum; the Tears of the Muses ; exprest in Elegies ... upon the Death of Henry Lord Hastings, etc. Collected and set forth by R. B., London, 1649.

Octavo. Pp. 98.

Second title-page, 1650. Full description in Grolier Club Catalogue, Wither to Prior, p. 94, 1905.

The editorship of this volume is attributed to Brome, I think on good evidence, by the Bibliotheca AngloPoetica (1815), by Corser, and by the Grolier Club Catalogue (1905).

W. C. Ward, in the Mermaid edition of Wycherley (p. 292. n.), attributes the editorship of Covent Garden Drollery (1672) to Brome. Besides the fact that this was twenty years after Brome's death, the initials on the title-page are A. B.!

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