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NELSON, Horatio, Viscount Nelson - PETTIGREW, Thomas Joseph.

Memoirs of The Life of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, K.B. Duke of Bronté, etc., etc., etc.

London: T. and W. Boone, 1849 Stock Code: 140185
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First edition, uncommon thus, particularly in the original cloth, the edition selling through almost immediately. An important contribution to Nelson biography: "Pettigrew used a large selection from the Nelson papers of Lady Hamilton, which he had acquired from the widow of an old friend of Nelson, Alderman Joshua Jonathan Smith who rescued Lady Hamilton from bankruptcy in 1813" (Cowie).

Controversial in its time, not only did Pettigrew "conclusively prove the nature of the tie connecting Lord Nelson with Lady Hamilton" (ODNB), but also established beyond doubt the parentage of Horatia. His decision not to publish the letters in full, but rather to "embody the whole in the form of a narrative" may have allowed doubts about his conclusions to linger. A great number of these papers were to end up in the Morrison collection.

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2 volumes, octavo. Original blue linen-grained cloth, title gilt to the spines, elaborate panelling in blind to the boards. Small bookseller's stamp of White, Doncaster to a double-sided letterpress advertising flyer for the title tipped in at the front free endpaper of the first volume, and to the front free endpaper of the second.


Engraved portrait frontispiece to each, 2 plates of facsimiles, one of them folding, folding plate of the Danish line of Defence at Copenhagen and 2 portrait plates of Emma Hamilton, facsimile autographs to the text.


Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst, naval historian and collector to the front pastedown of volume I. A little rubbed, spines a touch sunned, front hinge of volume I and rear hinge of volume II just started, rear free endpaper neatly excised, toning to the text, light foxing to the plates, a very good set.


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