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: Old picture books; with other essays on bookish subjects
: Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944 Pollard, Alice
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: London : Methuen and co.
: University of California Libraries
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THE FOUR PRENTISES OF LONDON But there is a stage direction later on in the play:Alarum. The four brethren each of them kill a Paganking, take off their crowns and exeunt, two one way andtwo another way ; and I cannot but regret that the artistdid not choose this as the subject of his cut. In 1655 The Merry Devil of Edmonton appearedfrom the press of D. Gilbertson with a title-cut showing WOODCUTS IN ENGLISH PLAYS 197 Banks and his famous horse on a platform. Our lastillustration is taken, not from this, but from anotherEdmonton play, The Witch of Edmonton, a known truestory. Composed into a tragi-comedy by div^ers well-esteemed Poets ; William Rowley, Thomas Dekker, JohnFord, etc. Acted by the Princes Servants, often at theCock-Pit in Drury-Lane, once at Court, with singular
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FROM THE WITCH OF F,DMONTON Applause. Never printed till now. (London, Printed byJ. Cottrel, for Edward Blackmore, at the Angel in PaulsChurchyard. 1658.) The illustration in this case is a composite one, refer-ring to three different moments in the play. MotherSawyer is found by the dog—said dog, of course, beinga Familiar—cursing that curmudgeon Banks, the 198 OLD PICTURE BOOKS clown of the piece, who, with three of his companions,has been abusing her. A long speech of imprecation endswith the effective line : Vengeance, shame, ruin, light upon that Canker, and it is then that there appears the stage direction, Enter Dog, his opening remark being the Ho ! have Ifound thee cursing? now thou art mine own, of whichpart is shown on the label. The dog subsequentlyexplains that it is only when he finds people cursing thathe can obtain powers over them of life and death, butbefore owning to this limitation he has rather unfairly gotthe old woman to seal the usual covenant with her bloo
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