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The Letters of Lord Nelson to Lady Hamilton;
London: Thomas Lovewell & Co.,, 1814. with a Supplement of Interesting Letters by Distinguished Characters. 2 volumes bound as one, octavo (206 × 130 mm). Modern full tree calf, raised bands to spine, red morocco labels to spine, all edges gilt, ruling to turn-ins and edges of boards gilt, marbled endpapers. A fine copy. A beautifully bound copy of the first edition of this collection of letters from Nelson to Lady Emma Hamilton. When first published, this collection was highly controversial. The Edinburgh Review called the publication "reprehensible" and barbarous (September 1814, p.398). Meanwhile, The London Quarterly Review was slightly less venomous, but still failed to find anything in these private letters to "justify their publication" and went on to claim the letters to be forgeries (April 1814, p.73). The latter review was in fact written anonymously by the secretary to the Admiralty, John Wilson Croker; despite claims of counterfeiting, when Nelson's letters were auctioneered in 1817 following Lovewell's bankruptcy, Croker quickly purchased 'them privately, and kept the fact hidden, seeing no reason to parade Nelson's weakness in public' (Lambert, Nelson: Britannia's God of War, p. 5).
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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