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PARSONS, G. S.

Nelsonian Reminiscences.

Leaves from Memory's Log.

London, Saunders and Otley, 1843 Stock Code: 139724
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First UK edition of this Napoleonic naval memoir and important eye-witness account of Nelson's campaign in Naples. George Samuel Parsons (d. 1854) entered the Navy in July 1795 as a first-class volunteer aboard HMS Barfleur and saw action at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent in 1797. A year later he moved to HMS Foudroyant, an 80-gun third rate and Nelson's flagship from 6 June 1799 until June 1801, and served as signal midshipman under Lord Nelson. With Nelson he witnessed the trial and execution of Prince Carraciolli, helped return the Neapolitan Royal Family to Naples, and participated in the capture of Le Généreux in 1800. Parson later saw service in Egypt aboard the Foudroyant under Lord Keith, where he received the Ottoman Order of the Crescent, and was promoted to Senior Lieutenant in 1809. A year later Parson retired on half-pay and began his memoirs, notably including his early impressions of Emma, Lady Hamilton.
Parson's memoirs were first serialised in the Metropolitan Magazine between 1837 and 1840, under the editorship of Frederick Marryat. The Reminiscences were then published in book form in Boston in 1843, where Parson's had found himself having survived shipwreck whilst serving as an Admiralty Agent on board a contract mail steam-vessel, and published in the UK several months later.

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine in gilt and decorated in blind, sides with blind fillet border with large central ornamental block, yellow endpapers.

Illustrations

Hand-coloured engraved frontispiece.

Condition

Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst to front pastedown. Spine rolled and very lightly faded, extremities bumped with two instances of wear, hinges firm, occasional spots to text but generally clean; a very good copy.

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