A new iuterlude and a mery of the nature of the iiii. elements : declarynge many proper poynts of phylosophy naturall, and of dyuers straunge landys, and of dyuers straunge effects & causis : whiche interlude yf ye hole matter be playd wyl conteyne the space of an hour and a halfe, but yf ye lyst ye may leue out muche of the sad mater as the messengers pte and some of naturys parte and some of experyens pte & yet the matter wyl depend conuenyently and than it wyll not be paste thre quarters of an hour of length

Four elements
Rastell, John, -1536

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  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication [Boston] : [Massachusetts Historical Society], [1923]
  • Physical Details
    • 34 unnumbered leaves : music, facsimile ; 21 cm
  • OCLC ocm78910413


  • Authorship ascribed to John Rastell.
  • Contains music in diamond shaped notes.
  • The first book in which reference is made to the discovery of the West Indies and America. cf. Lowndes.
  • Photostatted at the Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • "No. 96."
  • One of 10 photostat copies reproduced, one for The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, from the original (1519) in the British museum, August, 1923.
  • The word "America" was used by John Rastell in this play, at leaf [20].
  • Signatures: A⁸-C⁸, E⁸. Lacks signature D and all after E.
  • Lowndes, p. 725.
  • Harrisse, H. Americana (additions), no. 38.
  • Warton, Thomas. History of English poetry, vol. 2, p. 364.
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