COMPLETE TITLE: Historia histrionica: An Historical Account of the English Stage; Shewing, the Ancient Use, Improvement, and Perfection of Dramatic Representations in this Nation. In A Dialogue of Plays and Players.
The text is structured in the form of a dialog between two imaginary characters, Lovewit and Trueman; the latter explains his ideas on theater to Lovewit (and the reader).
The work provides important and detailed information on seventeenth-century theater and actors.
The text was reprinted in volume 11 of A Select Collection of Old Plays, published by Robert Dodsley (Historia Histrionica: from the Rare Original Printed at London in 1699, London, s.n., 1744) and included in later editions of the work (vol. 12, 1780; vol. 1, 1825; vol. 15, 1874).
Online text: 1825 Edition
The text was included in the third edition of An Apology for the life of Colley Cibber (see) with the title A Dialogue on Old Plays, and Old Players: An Apology for the Life of Colley Cibber: Comedian, and Late Patentee of the Theatre-Royal. With an Historical View of the Stage during his Own Time. Written by Himself. The Third Edition. To which is now added, A Short Account of the Rise and Progress of the English Stage: also, A Dialogue on Old Plays, and Old Players, London, R. Dodsley, 1750.
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The first edition was also reprinted in the series Occasional fac-simile reprints of rare and curious tracts of the 16th and 17th centuries. Produced under the superintendence of Edmund Wm. Ashbee (limited to 100 copies), London, printed for subscribers only, 1871 and 1872.
The text was also included in the edition of 1889 of An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber (A New Edition, with Notes and Supplement by Robert W. Lowe. With Twenty-Six original Mezzotint Portraits by R.B. Parkes, and Eighteen Etchings by Adolphe Lalauze), London, J.C. Nimmo, 1889, 2 vols.
Online text: Vol. I - Vol. II
Reprints of the first edition:
- New York, Johnson Reprint Corp., 1972. Also includes A Short Discourse of the English Stage by Richard Flecknoe (see).
- New York, Garland Pub., 1974 (With a pref. for the Garland ed. by Arthur Freeman). Also includes a reprint of the first edition of Roscius Anglicanus by John Downes (see).
- New York, AMS Press, 1974.