[ARNOULD, Jean-François (after).]

The Death of Captain Cook;


The Death of Captain Cook;
A Grand Serious-Pantomimic-Ballet, in three parts. As now Exhibiting in Paris with uncommon Applause with the original French Music, New Scenery, Machinery, and other Decorations. As Performed at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden.
London, T. Cadell, 1789

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An imaginary drama on the death of Captain Cook, with a list of characters including Terreeoboo, King of the Island (played by Mr. Blurton), Captain Cook (played by Mr. Cranfield), and Emaï (played by Miss Francis), the scene being set on ‘The Island of O-Why-e in the South Sea’. Holmes suggest that the text, which is set out as a narrative with clear stage directions, rather than as a script, is ‘largely based on but by no means identical’ to Jean-François Arnould’s La Mort du Capitaine Cook… Pantomime en quatre actes (Paris, 1788).

Bound with three further dramas including one on Pirates and another on Columbus: The Double Disguise, A Comic Opera … by Mr. Hook… London, 1784 (with one engraved plate); Songs, Duets, Trios, Chorusses, &c. in the Pirates. An Opera… London, 1791; Songs and Chorusses, in Ozmyn & Daraxa… [and] Columbus: or, A World Discovered. An Historical Play… London, 1792.


First edition. 8vo, [iv], 5-19, [1 (blank)] pp., later calf-backed contemporary marbled boards, these lightly worn at extremities.


Beddie, 2452; Forbes, 160; Holmes, 72.


Stock ID: 97342