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SOUTHEY, Robert.

Rare books by Robert Southey, including first editions and finely bound copies of his poetry and The Life of Nelson. Regularly stocked editions of Southey’s works include the Life and Works and the Poetical Works.

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  1. 116531

    Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.

    Second edition of Southey's first book of prose, which first appeared in 1797. Southey sailed for Portugal at the invitation of his uncle in November 1795 following his estrangement from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and stayed until the following May. "He visited Madrid, but spent most of his time in and around Lisbon. He obtained a good grounding in both Spanish and Portuguese, but was repelled by his encounter with the Roman Catholic church, a repulsion that proved permanent. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1799

    Published: Bristol

    Stock Code: 116531

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  2. The Life of Nelson.

    The Life of Nelson.

    Eton leaving gift inscription on a preliminary blank in volume I: From Ld Marsham to J. Farquharson Junior on his leaving Eton, July 26th 1824: Charles Marsham (1777-1845), second Earl of Romney. Joints partially spilt but firm, touch of foxing to frontispieces. A very good copy, with the half-titles.
    First edition, large paper copy, of which there were only 500 sets published. Elegantly written and surprisingly even-handed on the issue of the Neapolitan Jacobins, "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young - in his words, a ‘patriotic manual.' He told a friend that he would write ‘such a life of Nelson as shall be put into the hands of every youth destined for the Navy'" (Roger Knight, The Pursuit of Victory,2006, p. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1813

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114056

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  3. The Life of Nelson.

    The Life of Nelson.

    First edition, first issue with page 258 of volume two misnumbered as 852. "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young — in his words, a ‘patriotic manual'. He told a friend that he would write ‘such a life of Nelson as shall be put into the hands of every youth destined for the Navy'" (Knight, The Pursuit of Victory, p. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1813

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115173

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  4. The Life of Nelson.
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    The Life of Nelson.

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    Second edition, a year after the first, this copy inscribed on the title page "To Mrs Holroyd, from one very grateful for the hope of her remembrance. Jane Davy, Nov. 21st 1817", together with a laid-in note in the same hand, reading "In addition to Mrs Holroyd's usual breakfast, the only copy to be obtained after 5 libraries searched so its homeliness must be excused. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1814

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104963

    Signed: Yes

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  5. A Summary of the Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington,

    A Summary of the Life of Arthur Duke of Wellington,

    from the period of his first achievements in India, to his invasion of France, and the decisive Battle of Waterloo, June 18, 1815.
    First and only edition of this uncommon Southey title - only 6 locations on Copac, and a just a single copy recorded at auction - here offered a large paper copy in a handsome, and highly appropriate Regency morocco presentation binding. This was a piece which stirred some controversy. Originally published in the Quarterly Review - the Tory periodical on which "Southey lived from 1809 onwards, writing for every number" and sometimes receiving as much as £100 for an article (William Wallace, Critical Introduction to Robert Southey, in Craik, English Prose) - the essay was subject to "censorship" directed by none other than Wellington himself in his efforts to dictate the authorised version of his great victory. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1816

    Published: Dublin

    Stock Code: 111638

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  6. Roderick, The Last of the Goths.

    Roderick, The Last of the Goths.

    In Two Volumes. Fifth Edition.
    Fifth edition. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1818

    Published:

    Stock Code: 59868

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  7. Poetical Works.

    Poetical Works.

    Complete in one volume.
    New edition. A handsomely bound copy of Southey's poetry. Learn More
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1859

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 75979

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  8. Poetical Works.

    Poetical Works.

    Complete in one volume.
    New edition. Learn More
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1862

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    Stock Code: 51958

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