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THE LIFE OF ADMIRAL LORD NELSON, K. B. FROM HIS LORDSHIPS MANUSCRIPTS
London: , 1809. London, 1809. b/w engraved plates and plans. 2 vols. Folio. vi, 15 (list of subscribers), xlv, 375; 511 pp. First edition of the most important biographical source. “This is the standard life of Nelson, and it is largely used for all subsequent works. The authors had access to the greater part of, but certainly not all, the MSS. of Lord Nelson, then belonging to Earl Nelson; and a large body of Letters and Papers were sent to them by a great number of other persons, particularly by His Late Majesty, and by a lady who possessed Nelson’s interesting letters to his wife, before and after their marriage.” - Nicolas’ “Dispatches and Letters of Lord Nelson”, pp. x & xi. (See also Cowie #137.) Illustrated with 16 engravings from paintings by Nicholas Pocock, Benjamin West and others, as well as facsimiles of letters and other engravings. This is #536 in the limited first edition, with “536” penciled on some of the plates. Foxing on plates, though text is generally clean. Plan of The Battle of the Nile in Vol. II has been trimmed close to one edge, with loss of a few letters. Otherwise a very good set of a classic work. Bound in original full diced calf with chipped backstrips laid down. This set is unusual in that volume I has the prospectus laid in. This small 4to sheet is dated March, 1806. It lists sources of some of the documents and facsimiles that will appear in the work and touts Clarke and M’Arthur as editors “to offer the Public a most ample Detail of the singular Vicissitudes of LORD NELSON’S Life.”
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