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CLARKE, James Stanier, & John M'Arthur.

The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, from His Lordship's Manuscripts.

London, Fisher, Son, & Co., [1840] Stock Code: 140504
£500.00

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Second complete edition, preceded by the 1809 first edition in two weighty folio volumes, and a much abridged single octavo edition in 1810; this edition was more manageable than the first, and originally issued in seven parts to be bound, as here, in three. It includes three appendices published for the first time: the recollections of Tom Allen, Nelson's naval servant; and memoirs of Thomas Masterman Hardy, Nelson's flag captain and the dedicatee of this biography and Lord Collingwood, the "noble fellow" who succeeded Nelson after his death at Trafalgar. Clarke and M'Arthur has been described as "one of the main foundation stones of the Nelson legend" (Wilson, "Nelson Apotheosised" in Cannadine (ed.), Admiral Lord Nelson).

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Description

3 volumes, octavo (211 x 132 mm). Contemporary tan calf, raised bands, black morocco labels, compartments richly gilt, rules to boards in gilt and blind, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page to each volume, 33 similar plates mostly from portraits, folding map of Boulogne in vol. 2.

Condition

Boards slightly rubbed and soiled, frontispieces and vignette title pages heavily foxed, occasional light foxing to text blocks and plates, short closed tear to map stub. A very good set.

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