A Calendar of Masque Texts
There is a problem in referring to masques, particularly those performed in the earlier part of the period covered by this book. Often the original texts have general titles which could apply to a range of similar productions. Not surprisingly, these titles tend to have been replaced in later editions (and discussions) with something better able to identify the particular production -- usually through incorporating a reference to a characteristic feature of the device or a unique aspect of the occasion. Occasionally, however, commentators have seized upon different identifying marks -- so, for example, Campion The Description of a Masque: presented at the Mariage of the Right Honourable the Earle of Somerset ( London, 1614) has been called both The Squires' Masque and The Somerset Masque. (I have used the latter.)
This appendix is primarily meant to fix an unambiguous link between the working titles used throughout the book and the productions to which they refer. Since quotations from masque texts have been identified by line or page references given in the text, the appendix also serves to indicate which editions have been used for this purpose. Because of a policy of retaining original spelling and orthography wherever possible, quotations are sometimes drawn from seventeenth-century editions while line/page references are given to an accessible, modern-spelling edition.
Since this appendix is intended as a key to using this book, only masques with extant texts are listed. It is not, in other words, a comprehensive calendar of known masque performances (such as those prepared by C. E. McGee and J. C. Meagher listed in the Bibliography). The folio editions of Jonson Works (1616 and 1640) are listed only where they are the earliest surviving printed text. Where several early texts of a particular masque exist, this is noted in the table with an indication of where to look for a full bibliographical account.