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SOUTHEY, Robert.
The Life of Nelson.
London: for John Murray, Bookseller to the Admiralty and to the Board of Longitude, 1813. London: for John Murray, Bookseller to the Admiralty and to the Board of Longitude,, 1813. Southey's "Patriotic Manual" 2 volumes, small octavo (157 x 92 mm). Contemporary quarter calf, smooth spines lettered and ruled in gilt, marbled sides, light brown speckling to edges. With the half-titles and terminal advertisements. Engraved portrait frontispiece with tissue-guard to volume 1, frontispiece of volume 2 with five facsimile signatures. Armorial bookplate to front pastedowns. Very light wear and minor rubbing around extremities, water staining to initial and final few leaves, 5 cm closed tear at head of vol. I pp. 11/12. A good, unrestored copy. First 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. Cowie 139; NMM II 927.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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