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Two comedies in prose

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MS. Eng. misc. c. 3
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Two comedies in prose:

  1. (fol. 2). 'The Poets Assizes. Or a clear stage and no favour. A dramatiek Pasquinade in the manner of the Rehearsal. By Draw-cansir Bayes Esqr', a mock trial of recent poets.
  2. (fol. 44v). 'Sir John Falstaff in the Fleet [prison]. A Comedy, in the manner of Shakespeare', unfinished, but perhaps never more than a fragment.

(fols. 4-52) bear a pagination from 263 to 360.


  • Creation: written about the middle of the 18th century


53 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. misc. c. 3, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Eng. misc. c. 3

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19885


Two comedies in prose, written about the middle of the 18th century.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical details unknown.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, no. 29446.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought at the Payne Collier sale, Aug. 7, 1884 (lot 347) for £1 5s.

Physical Facet

On paper


14 5/8 × 9 1/2 in.

Two comedies in prose
EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
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Repository Details

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