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SOUTHEY, Robert.

The Life of Nelson.

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Published: London Printed for John Murray, Bookseller to the Admiralty and to the Board of Longitude, 1814

Stock Code: 96661

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Second edition, the year after the first. "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, 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. Armorial bookplate of Capt. James Black to the front pastedown of volume I. Black began his naval service in 1793 on board Leviathan, seeing action in her in the siege of Toulon, and subsequently on the Glorious 1st of June, and was in the Sans Pareil in Lord Bridport's action of 1795. In 1799 he made lieutenant, and was at Trafalgar as Second Lieutenant on the Mars, being promoted to First on the death of Capt. Duff, and he himself was wounded in the engagement. He was subsequently at Copenhagen in 1807, and commanded one of the Danish prizes on the voyage back to England. He made commander in 1810 and conducted a number of spirited actions in the Weazel in the Mediterranean, including the capture of the island of Mezzo near Ragusa, and of Zara, now Zadar, during the latter of which Black was severely wounded. At the end of the war he was made a Commander of the Bath, and received the Order of Maria Theresa from the Emperor of Austria. He died in 1836. A nice copy with a nice provenance.

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2 volumes octavo, (159 x 98 mm). Contemporary lightly sprinkled calf, red lettering- and green numbering pieces, flat spine, compartments formed by double gilt rules enclosed by dotted rolls, lozenges with quatrefoil centre-tools to the compartments.


Engraved portrait frontispiece to volume I, frontispiece of volume II with five facsimile signatures, both half-titles present.


Slightly rubbed, a little bumped at the corners, repair to front joint of volume 1, front hinge of volume II a little cracked, light browning, a little heavier to the title pages, and with some off-setting too and from the frontispieces, but a very good set.


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