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The Life of Nelson. The Life of Nelson.
The Life of Nelson.
SOUTHEY, Robert.

The Life of Nelson.

Availability: In stock

Published: London John Murray, Bookseller to the Admiralty and to the Board of Longitude, 1813

Stock Code: 114056

£1,500
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, large paper copy, of which there were only 500 sets published. Elegantly written and surprisingly even-handed on the issue of the Neapolitan Jacobins, "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'" (Roger Knight, The Pursuit of Victory, 2006, p. 542); as it most assuredly was, and many more besides, coming to dominate the Nelson biography market and perpetually in print. A very pretty set.

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Description

2 volumes, octavo, (182 x 106 mm). Contemporary russia, decorative gilt and blind tooled spines, sides with concentric gilt and blind tooled panels (including interlocking "drawer-handle" tools), gilt roll-tool turn-ins, marbled edges and endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved portrait frontispiece to volume I, frontispiece of volume II with five facsimile signatures.

Condition

Eton "leaving gift" inscription on a preliminary blank in volume I: "From Ld Marsham to J. Farquharson Jun[io]r on his leaving Eton, July 26th 1824": Charles Marsham (1777-1845), second Earl of Romney. Joints partially spilt but firm, touch of foxing to frontispieces. A very good copy, with the half-titles.

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