An Hospital for Fools. A Dramatic Fable. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal, by His Majesty's Servants. To which is added the Songs. with their Basses and Symphonies, and Transposed for the Flute. The Musick by Mr. Arne. Sung by Mrs. Clive. Thomas Arne, James Miller, Thomas ARNE.

Early Thomas Arne Operetta

An Hospital for Fools. A Dramatic Fable. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal, by His Majesty's Servants. To which is added the Songs. with their Basses and Symphonies, and Transposed for the Flute. The Musick by Mr. Arne. Sung by Mrs. Clive.

London: printed for J. Watts at the Printing - Office in Wild-Court near Lincoln's-Inn Fields, 1739.

First edition; without half-title. [10], [5]-28, [8]pp. Several pages with printed music. 1 vols. 8vo. Early Thomas Arne Operetta. 19th-century speckled calf, leather spine label, a.e.g. Joints slightly rubbed. ESTCT36691. Item #238312

First performed on November 15, 1739 at Drury Lane, where Arne was house composer. A relatively early operetta by Arne (1710-1788), who is often credited with the revival of the English opera, influenced Handel, and will forever be remembered as the composer of "Rule, Britannia"

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