Memoirs of Lady Hamilton;
With illustrative anecdotes of many of her most particular friends and distinguished contemporaries.London: for Henry Colburn, 1815 Stock Code: 149630
Second edition, published the same year as the first, of this "scurrilous" (ODNB) anonymous biography of Lady Emma Hamilton, who is best remembered as the mistress of Lord Nelson. Although not marked as such, this handsomely bound copy is from the library of William S. & John T. Spaulding of Boston, Massachusetts.
Published the year of her death and many times reprinted, the Memoirs helped to form Hamilton's scandalous posthumous reputation, which only began to be rehabilitated with an edition of her letters in 1888 and Walter Sichel's important Emma, Lady Hamilton (1905), issued in the centenary of Trafalgar.
Octavo (200 x 121 mm). Finely bound, for Bartlett & Co. of Boston by Zaehnsdorf, in black polished calf, titles in gilt to red morocco spine label, spine elegantly tooled in gilt, double gilt fillets to boards, turn-ins gilt-rolled, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
Engraved portrait frontispiece by Meyer after Romney.
The binding sharp, slight offsetting to title, occasional light spotting to contents, else internally fresh; an attractive copy.
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