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The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, from His Lordship's Manuscripts.
London: Fisher, Son, & Co., [1839-40] - 3 volumes, octavo (213 × 130 mm) Contemporary black half morocco, marbled boards, title gilt direct to spines, flat bands with paired gilt fouled anchor devices, compartments with an attractive naval trophy in blind, gilt rules to the corner and spine edges, edges sprinkled sepia, marbled endpapers. Slightly rubbed, portrait and decorative half-title to volume I a little sprung, light toning and a few spots of foxing, but overall a very good set. Engraved portrait frontispiece and vignette half-title to each, 32 other engraved plates in all, folding plan. The portrait of St. Vincent, called for in volume III would represent a duplication, one being present in volume II, as often this is replaced with a portrait of Admiral Keith. Second complete edition, preceded by the 1809 first edition in 2 weighty folio volumes, and a much abridged single octavo edition in 1810; this second complete edition was more practicable than the first, and originally issued in 7 parts to be bound, as here, in 3. Described as "one of the main foundation stones of the Nelson legend" (Wilson, "Nelson Apotheosised" in Cannadine (ed.), Admiral Lord Nelson). This edition includes three appendices published for the first time; the recollections of Tom Allen, Nelson's naval servant; and memoirs of Thomas Masterman Hardy, Nelson's flag captain and the dedicatee of this biography; and Lord Collingwood, the "noble fellow" who succeeded Nelson after his death at Trafalgar. A very desirable set in a handsomely restrained Regency naval binding. Cowie 137 for the first edition, this edition not noted; NMM, II, 923.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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