The Life of Nelson.London, for John Murray, Bookseller to the Admiralty and to the Board of Longitude, 1813 Stock Code: 115173
NotesFirst edition, first issue with page 258 of volume two misnumbered as 852. "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young in his words, a 'patriotic manual'. He told a friend that he would write 'such a life of Nelson as shall be put into the hands of every youth destined for the Navy'" (Knight, The Pursuit of Victory, p.542), as it most assuredly was, coming to dominate the Nelson biography market, and remaining perpetually in print. An attractive set of Southey's elegant biography, in a handsome contemporary binding decorated with pleasing naval tools.
2 volumes, small octavo (156 x 96 mm). Mid-19th-century straight-grain blue morocco by Henry Young & Sons of Liverpool, raised bands gilt to spines, compartments alternately lettered or tooled with anchor motifs gilt, simple gilt frame to sides, all edges gilt, blue endpapers, turn-ins ruled in gilt with fleur-de-lis cornerpieces gilt, dogtooth roll to pastedowns gilt.
With the half-titles. Engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue-guard to volume 1, frontispiece of volume 2 with five facsimile signatures.
Spines sunned, joints and extremities rubbed, corners lightly bumped and worn, tan burn to endpapers from turn-ins, inner hinge of vol. 1 cracked but holding, catalogue slip pasted across initial blank and front free endpaper verso, faint offsetting to title, volume 2 with a few pale spots to prelims, title and first page of contents tanned, paper repairs to tears to vol. I pp. 33-44 and 97-106. A good copy.
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