[London]: M.P. Corri & Co. [without PN], [ca. 1805].
Folio. Dark ivory paper-backed tan paper boards, printed title label to spine. 1f. (title),  (blank), 2-110 pp. Engraved. Watermarked 1805.
Early signature ("Maria Williams Penpont") in black ink to upper margin of title.
Minor browning to title and final leaves; binder's holes to blank inner margins, not affecting music or text; minor offsetting. An attractive copy.
First Edition. OCLC no. 19728343.
The English Fleet was first performed at Covent Garden in London on December 13, 1803, with Braham singing.
"Sir Walter Scott described Braham as 'a beast of an actor, though an angel of a singer.' He composed songs and operas, including The English Fleet in 1342 (1803), and also wrote arias for interpolation in the operas of other composers, particularly for his own roles. 'All’s Well' from The English Fleet was the most popular duet in the United States during the first half of the 19th century; other favorite songs were 'Tho’ love is warm awhile,' 'Is there a heart that never lov’d?,' and 'No more sorrow.' Charles Hamm and Kimberly Greene in Grove Music Online.
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