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(NELSON.) CLARKE, James Stanier & John M'Arthur.

The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, …

from His Lordship's Manuscripts.

Published: London: Fisher, Son, & Co., [1839-40]

Stock code: 80711

Price: £850

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Second complete edition, preceded by the 1809 first edition in 2 weighty folio volumes, and a much abridged single octavo edition in 1810; this second complete edition was more practicable than the first, and originally issued in 7 parts to be bound, as here, in 3. Described as “one of the main foundation stones of the Nelson legend” (Wilson, “Nelson Apotheosised” in Cannadine (ed.), Admiral Lord Nelson). This edition includes three appendices published for the first time; the recollections of Tom Allen, Nelson’s naval servant; and memoirs of Thomas Masterman Hardy, Nelson’s flag captain and the dedicatee of this biography; and Lord Collingwood, the “noble fellow” who succeeded Nelson after his death at Trafalgar. A desirable set in a handsome Regency binding, with delicate later hand-colouring to the plates.

3 volumes, octavo (221 137 mm). Contemporary tree calf, spines elaborately gilt-tooled in compartments with black bands, sides bordered with a foliate gilt roll, marbled endpapers, red speckled edges. Engraved portrait frontispiece and vignette half-title to each, 31 other engraved plates in all, folding plan. The portrait of St. Vincent, called for in volume III, is instead present in volume II. The plates have been latterly hand-coloured. Spines and extremities rubbed, joints just starting with some repair, ink gift inscriptions to the versos of the vignette half-titles showing through a little, occasional light spotting around the plates. A good set, attractively bound.

Bibliography: Cowie 137 for the first edition, this edition not noted; NMM, II, 923.

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