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107191
(NELSON) SOUTHEY, Robert.

The Life of Nelson.

Availability: In stock

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

Stock Code: 107191

£1,250
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Notes

First edition, first issue with p.258 of volume II 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, 2006, p.542) As it most assuredly was, and many more besides, coming to dominate the Nelson biography market, perpetually in print. Elegantly written and surprisingly even-handed on the issue of the Neapolitan Jacobins. Contemporary armorial bookplate, featuring three bells, crest of a belled falcon, and motto, "nunquam non paratus". The true first is becoming increasingly uncommon.

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Description

2 volumes, octavo (160 x 100 mm) Contemporary calf, title gilt direct to smooth spines, compartments formed by attractive saltire roll with square quatrefoil tool, panel to boards composed of a rope twist roll between single fillets.

Illustrations

Engraved portrait frontispiece to volume I, frontispiece of volume II with five facsimile signatures. Half-titles bound in.

Condition

Contemporary armorial bookplate in vol. I (motto Nunquam non paratus, possibly the arms of Bell or Porter). A little rubbed, slight surface cracking at the spines, some skilful repair to the joints, variable browning as often, remains an attractive set.

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