The Complete Cony-catching


Robert Greene


Bibliographic and Editorial Note

A Notable Discovery of Cozenage

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To the Reader

The Art of Cony-Catching

A table of the words of art, used in the effecting these base villainies.

The Art of Cross-Biting.

A Pleasant Discovery of the cozenage of Colliers.

The Second Part of Cony-catching.

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The Epistle Dedicatory

The Discovery of the Prigging Law or Nature of Horse Stealing.

The Vincents Law, with the Discovery therof.

A Table of the Laws contained in this second part.

The Second Part of Cony-Catching.

A discourse, or rather discovery of the Nip and the Foist, laying open the nature of the Cutpurse and Pick-pocket.

The Discovery of the lifting Law.

The discovery of the Courbing Law.

The Discovery of the Black Art.

The Third and Last Part of Cony-catching.

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To The Reader

The third and last part of Cony-catching with the new devised knavish art of Fool-taking.

A pleasant tale how an honest substantial Citizen was made a cony, and simply entertained a knave that carried away his goods very politicly.

Of a notable knave, who for his cunning deceiving a gentleman of his purse, scorned the name of a cony-catcher, and would needs be termed a fool-taker, as master and beginner of that new found art.

Another tale of a cozening companion, who would needs try his cunning in this new invented art, and how by his knavery (at one instant) he beguiled half a dozen and more.

Of a crafty mate, that brought two young men unto a Tavern, where departing with a cup, he left them to pay both for the wine and cup.

Of an honest householder which was cunningly deceived by a subtle companion, that came to hire a chamber for his master.

Of one that came to buy a knife, and made first proof of his trade on him that sold it.

Of a young nip that cunningly beguiled an ancient professor of that trade, and his quean with him, at a play.

How a gentleman was craftily deceived of a chain of Gold and his purse in Paul's Church in London.

How a cunning knave got a Trunk well stuffed with linen and certain parcels of plate out of a citizen's house, and how the master of the house holp the deceiver to carry away his own goods.

How a broker was cunningly over-reached by as crafty a knave as himself and brought in danger of the Gallows.

A merry Tale taken not far from Fetter Lane end, of a new-found cony-catcher, that was cony-catched himself.

The Black Book's Messenger.

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To the Courteous Reader

A Table of the words of Art lately devised by Ned Browne and his associates, to Cross-bite the old Phrases used in the manner of Cony-catching.

The life and death of Ned Browne, a notable Cutpurse and Cony-catcher.

A Pleasant Tale how Ned Browne cross-bit a Maltman.

A Merry Tale how Ned Browne Used a Priest.

A Pleasant Tale how Ned Brown Kissed a Gentlewoman and Cut Her Purse.

How Ned Brown Let Fall a Key.

The Species of Cony-Catchers.

A Merry Jest how Ned Browne's Wife Was Cross-Bitten in her Own Art.

Ned Browne's Farewell

The Defence of Cony-Catching.

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To The Readers

The Defence of Cony-Catching.

A Pleasant Tale of an Usurer.

Cony-catching Millers, and a Pleasant Tale of a Miller and an Ale-wife's Boy of Edmonton.

A Pleasant Tale Of Will Sommers.

Gentlemen Cony-Catchers

A Pleasant Tale How A Holy Brother Cony-catched For A Wife.

A Pleasant Tale Of A Man That Was Married To Sixteen Wives, And How Courteously His Last Wife Entreated Him.

Cony-Catching Tailors, and a Pleasant Tale of a Tailor, how he Cony-catched a Gentlewoman, and Was Made Himself a Cony Afterwards by His Man.


A Disputation between a He Cony-catcher and a She Cony-catcher.

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The Epistle

A disputation between Laurence a foist and Fair Nan a traffic, whether a whore or a thief is most prejudicial.

The Conversion of an English courtesan

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