The Cyprian Conqueror is an anonymous play that survives in a single manuscript, held by the British Library, and which does not exist in any published modern edition. The author of the play supplied this copy with a preface in which he defends the value of the theatre, explains how he came to write the play, and, perhaps most important, describes some of the qualities of voice and gesture that should be used in performing his play. This article provides a diplomatic transcript edition of the preface, and other paratexts from the manuscript, including commentary, glossarial, and translational notes, as well as a full introduction describing the manuscript and—while other scholars have assumed a pre-1642 date for the manuscript—arguing for its dating to the early Restoration period.

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