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(NELSON) NICOLAS, Sir Nicholas Harris (ed.)

The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson.

Published: London, Henry Colburn, 1844–46

Stock code: 98211

Price: £1,975

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First edition. The essential starting point for any attempt to understand either the mercurial personality or instinctive tactical genius of Nelson, never superseded. “This is the standard work of reference for Nelson’s correspondence and is the principal source from which his biographers have drawn (and still do draw) their material” (Cowie). An excellent set, so handsome in the cloth.

7 volumes octavo. Original blue-green combed cloth, title gilt to spines with compartments in blind, panels in blind to the boards with arabesque corner-pieces enclosing a large central tool of an Admiralty coronet within a roundel containing Nelson’s Trafalgar signal, in gilt to the upper boards and in blind to the lower, pale yellow surface-paper endpapers. Portrait frontispiece to Volume I, 4 facsimile letters and 3 plans, 2 of them folding, ads tipped in at the front endpapers of volume I. Lightly rubbed, the spines a little sunned, the slightest signs that this was a subscription library set, small pieces of the issue-slip remain to the front pastedowns of three volumes, and the front free endpapers of all have traces of “offset” blotting from subscribers filling in the slip, light browning, some light marginal foxing, otherwise an unusually nicely preserved set in the cloth.

Bibliography: Cowie 144

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