Scope and Content
Title: Playbills Relating to Captain James Cook,
Date (inclusive): 1786-1818
Collection number: 650
1 oversize box
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Dept. of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Captain James Cook (1728-1779) joined the British Navy as a seaman in 1755 and rose rapidly in rank during the Seven Year's
War. He surveyed the St. Lawrence River, and played an important role in the capture of Quebec. In 1759, he became master
of flagship Northumberland, and spent summers from 1763-67 surveying the coast of Newfoundland. He made three voyages to the
South Pacific, explored New Zealand and Australia, and discovered New Caledonia, Norfolk Island and the Sandwich (Hawaiian)
Islands. The collection consists of playbills for the play
Omai and for
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[Identification of item], Playbills Relating to Captain James Cook (Collection 650). Department of Special Collections, Charles
E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
Cook was born on October 27, 1728 at Marton-in-Cleveland near Whitby, Yorkshire, England; first apprenticed to a storekeeper
at Staithes, then in 1746 with Walker Brothers, shipowners at Whitby; joined British Navy as a seaman in 1755, rising rapidly
in rank during the Seven Year's War; surveyed the St. Lawrence River, and played an important role in the capture of Quebec;
in 1759, he became master of flagship Northumberland, and spent summers from 1763-67 surveying the coast of Newfoundland;
made three voyages to the South Pacific; in the Endeavor he explored New Zealand and Australia, where the botanist Joseph
Banks studied the plant life; on his next voyage in the Resolution, he discovered New Caledonia and Norfolk Island; he discovered
the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands on his final trip, but was slain by natives at Kealakekua Bay on February 14, 1779.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of two playbills relating to Captain James Cook, performed in England. They are for the play
Omai, performed on April 6, 1786 and for
Captain Cook, performed September 13, 1818.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Cook, James, 1728-1779.