Nelson.London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1947 Stock Code: 148366
In a striking Cosway-style bindingFirst edition of Carola Oman's key work. Her biography of Nelson won the Sunday Times Prize for English Literature, and "still stands as the benchmark against which modern biographies of Nelson may be judged" (ODNB), and she had access to previously unpublished primary sources, including the collection of Lady Nelson's papers assembled by Lady Llangattock, founder of the Nelson Museum in Monmouth. "Although Oman was criticized for being insufficiently selective in her choice of material, and for her reluctance to make judgements, she was also widely praised for discarding prevalent myths, and for presenting Nelson in the round, through a stylish, accessible narrative."
This copy has the newspaper obituary of the author laid-in loose (The Times, 12th June 1978), and gives Nelson as "the most notable item" of her biographical series, bringing her the offer of a Trusteeship of the National Maritime Museum.
Octavo (248 x 163 mm). Finely bound by Bayntun (Bath) in near-contemporary dark blue crushed morocco, titles and ship devices to spine gilt, compartments and raised bands tooled in gilt, ship devices, foliate decorations, and rules to boards, all gilt, with inset hand-painted miniature portrait of Nelson to front, board edges and turn-ins gilt, blue silk endpapers.
Frontispiece and 12 black-and-white plates, 6 maps, and one genealogical folding chart.
A fine copy, elaborately bound.
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