(Cook). [Wellesley, Richard Wellesley Marquess].


London: Typis Gulielmi Nicol 1840.
1st Ed. [vi] + 58pp.+ fly-title + 19pp. Unopened, very light browning, hinge lightly cracked to head between pp.32-33. original boards, significant loss to backstrip. Inscribed ‘Wellesley’ to front free end paper. Without the 12pp. Addenda issued seperately. Beddie 2477 ‘In obitum viri eximi et celeberrimi navigatoris Jacobi Cook’ (In his Primitić et reliquić ... pp.53-8). A footnote states ‘When this Poem was written, the particular circumstance of Captain Cook’s Death, especially his having fallen in the act of checking his crew, who were preparing to fire on the Natives of Owhyhee ... were unknown in Europe otherwise they would have furnished ample materials for the conclusion of the Poem ...’ ‘... Lord Wellesley was elected student of Christchurch, Oxford, in December, 1778, in his nineteenth year, and in 1780 won the Chancellor's prize by his beautiful poem on the death of Captain Cook. He had been induced to attempt Latin hexameters but a few months previously by his tutor (Dr. William Jackson, afterwards Bishop of Oxford)’ who wished Lord Wellesley to try for it. ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine 184.
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