NELSON, Horatio, Viscount Nelson - COLLINGWOOD, Adam.

Anecdotes of the late Lord Viscount Nelson;

including copious accounts of the Three Great Victories obtained over the combined forces of France, Spain, &c. off the Nile, Copenhagen & Trafalgar, also, of the various engagements and Expeditions wherein his Lordship signalized his Courage. An Authentic Account of his Death, with the Circumstances attending the Passage of the Ship after leaving the Fleet, till its arrival in England. To which is added, the Ceremonial of his Funeral, the Services, Anthems, and other Solemn Rites. Also, Select Poetry, to commemorate the greatest Naval Victories that ever adorned the Pages of History, and to add one small Tribute to the Name of Immortal Nelson.

London: Printed by W. Stratford... for J. Stratford, 1806 Stock Code: 126299

"One small Tribute to the Name of Immortal Nelson"

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First and sole edition, rare: Library Hub cites copies at only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, National Maritime Museum), and WorldCat adds just the copy at Yale, among international holdings. This well-illustrated account is one of a number of biographies rushed into print following Nelson's death at Trafalgar in October 1805. The author is named as one Adam Collingwood, almost certainly an opportunistic device on the part of the publisher in using the name of Nelson's celebrated fellow admiral, Cuthbert Collingwood (and the near-homophone of "Adam" and "Admiral"); one contemporary advertisement for the book puffed it under the eye-catching heading of "Collingwood's Life of Nelson" (Journal of Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, and the Arts, 1807), lending it a spurious authenticity. It is cited, with regard to Nelson's final words, by Brockliss, Cardwell and Moss in their study of Sir William Beatty, Nelson's Surgeon: William Beatty, Naval Medicine, and the Battle of Trafalgar (Chapter 4, "Beatty and Nelson's Apotheosis").

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Octavo in sixes (175 x 95 mm). Contemporary red roan professionally refurbished, gilt banded smooth spine (lettered "Life of Nelson"), single-line gilt border on sides, speckled edges.


Engraved title with vignette portrait of Nelson (by A. Warren after Uwins), frontispiece of the Funeral Car engraved by King, 3 wood-engraved plates (the Platform, Greenwich; Emblems on the Coffin; Interior of Saint Paul's), one wood engraving in the text


Ownership inscription of T. Weston (1842) on front pastedown, 19th-century stamp of "G. Kemp, Marble & Stone Mason, North Walsham", on recto of frontispiece and plate of the interior of Saint Paul's, with some show-through (Nelson was educated in part at Sir John Paston's School at North Walsham, Norfolk). Dampstaining to frontispiece, engraved title and plates, some gatherings a little proud.


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