Hurlothrumbo: or, The Super-Natural. As it is Acted at the New-Theatre, in the Hay-Market.

Publisher: London: Printed for T. Wotton and J. Shuckburgh, 1729.
Edition: First octavo edition, preceded the same year by a quarto edition.
Bibliographical References: Rothschild 1214.
Condition: Some browning and minor foxing; fine copy.
Book ID: 22384


8vo, modern sprinkled calf period style by Bernard Middleton, red morocco label, gilt lettering.


¶ An eccentric but successful light opera by an eccentric author and dancing master from Cheshire, originally preformed at the Haymarket Theatre as Hurlothrumbo, or, News from Terra Australis Incognita, with the Whimsical Flights of My Lord Flame. The play was the first success staged at the Haymarket, running 29 performances, with Johnson (1690-1773), playing his own lead, Lord Flame. “Johnson's play was much ridiculed, for instance in James Miller's Harlequin Horace (1729) and Henry Fielding's The Author's Farce (1730), but it caught the fancy of Londoners for a while: it is even said that a Hurlothrumbo Society was formed” - DNB online. For the remainder of his life, Johnson often referred to himself as Lord Flame, and Hurlothrumbo became a word (though not so recognized by the OED) that meant confusion.

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