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jestbook

(ˈdʒɛstˌbʊk)
n
a book of jokes
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The jestbook describes six different fools--"A flat foole, and A fatt foole, A leane foole, and A cleane foole, A merry foole, and A verry foole"--"Shewing their hues, humours and behauiours, with their want of wit in their shew of wisdome.
Lippincott, A Shakespeare Jestbook, Robert Armin's Foole Upon Foole (1600) (Salzburg, 1973), 86.
8) At his death Beddoes left behind just such an experiment in tragical anatomy--his own (fittingly unfinished) masterpiece, an elaborate pastiche of Jacobean horror, entitled Death's Jestbook.
Bullein's admiration of the jestbook writer Andrew Borde, too, may be inferred from the jestbook anecdotes told by Roger.
A 1639 jestbook compiled by Robert Chamberlain, on the other hand, prints ten jokes from the play without attribution and shorn of contextual detail, suggesting the latter.
Brown's point is that this jestbook provides an insight into the manners, behaviors, and preferences of the women who would have constituted much of the audience for public dramatic performance.
At intervals, Hitchings also gives us other angles of vision on the Dictionary as a whole, in terms of the different kinds ofbook it embodies: a history of English, a grammar guide, a literary anthology, an encyclopedia, a dictionary of quotations, a commonplace book, and in places, a book of devotions, a scientific reference book, even a jestbook.
Smith, "Female Impersonation in Early Modern Ballads" (281-304); and Pamela Allen Brown, "Jesting Rights: Women Players in the Manuscript Jestbook of Sir Nicholas Le Strange" (305-14).
Lippincott, Introduction to A Shakespeare Jestbook.
The posthumously published renaissance jestbook, Tarlton's Jests (1611), features several examples of supposedly-spontaneous rhymed poetry, often couplets, as examples of Richard Tarlton's witty improvisational responses to the 'theames' given him by audience members.
In the jestbook story the qualities Tarlton recognized in Armin were those he might have wished for in Richard Hayward, or in any apprentice to be trained in performance.
Smith, "Female Impersonation in Early Modern Ballads"; Pamela Allen Brown, "Jesting Rights: Women Players in the Manuscript Jestbook of Sir Nicholas Le Strange"; and Phyllis Rackin, "Afterword.