17 September 1999,
Price realised GBP 2,070
GBP 700 - GBP 1,000
Sir John Franklin (1786-1847)
H.M.S.Resolute. - a 'play-bill' on blue paper for the 'Theatre Royal, Melville Island', 'Melville Island Press, November 23d. 1852'. 39 x 27cm. Theatre Royal,/Melville Island./This well known place of amusement will, after a lapse of 32 years, be/re-opened to the Public, on board/H.M.S. Resolute,/Captain Henry Kellett, CB/..../The Entertainments for the Season will commence on Tuesday, the 23rd/of November 1852; when the officers will perform the historical, and much admired Comedy of Charles II./.../To conclude.../the laughable Farce of/Who Speaks First?/.../Doors open at six o'clock; to commence at half past six, precisely./Melville Island Press.
A VERY RARE EPHEMERAL ITEM, PRINTED IN THE ARCTIC.
The Resolute's band of Thespians included George Strong Nares (1831-1915) in the part of Lady Clara. He served as mate on the present expedition, but went on to command the Challenger on its famous hydrographic voyage, and was later recalled from this command to head the 1875 Arctic Expedition aboard HMS Alert.
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