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NELSON
Hodder & Stoughton, London 1947 - With Full Page Family Inscription - Hand-Written By Cousin Of Lord Horatio Nelson: Begins: I am fifth cousin to Lord Nelson. The Rev'd Edmund Nelson, Rector of Burnham, Thorpe, Norfolk, married Miss. Catherine Suckling, whose sister married a Mr Barker. Their daughter, Miss Barker, married Mr Smith and she 'worked the apron, now in my possession "pro tem". She was my Great, Great Grandmother. - It explains the ancestry of Lord Horatio Nelson further on in the paragraph and interestingly it says: Nelson's Mother died when he was 9 years old, at the age of 42, after having 11 children in 17 years. Captain Maurice Suckling, his Mother's Uncle, gave Nelson his first chance to go to sea on his ship [the Raisonnable] when he was 12 years and 3 months old. [1771]. - The apron is to be handed down in our family as an heirloom and I trust Charles Anthony Patrick, my Dear Nephew to do so. Hand-Signed:- Dorothy Patrick. 1 :3 : 71. - End of handwritten piece. My Notes: I have researched 'working the apron' but I can't seem to find any sort of reference to this phrase. If anyone knows what it means I will put the information in this description. - I have researched the ship referred to in the piece of writing: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia states: THE RAISONNABLE: was a 64-gun ship of the line of the Royal Navy, named after the ship of the same name captured from the French in 1758. She was built at Chatham Dockyard, launched on 10th December 1768, and commissioned on 17th November 1770 under the command of Captain Maurice Suckling, Horatio Nelson's uncle. Raisonnable was built to the same lines as HMS Ardent, and was one of the seven ships forming the Ardent-Class of 1761. Raisonnable was the first ship in which Nelson served. CONDITION & DESCRIPTION: The original dustjacket houses this book. Retains price of 42/- net to the inner front prelim. Foxing in general to the lighter coloured parts of the dustjacket. Small closed edge tears and creasing. Few small chips: mainly corner edges and some nibbling to the top and bottom of the spine. There is a fold that runs down the spine. I have now housed the dustjacket in a removable protective archival sleeve. Navy blue cloth boards with gold gilt lettering to the spine, the gilt is very slightly faded. Corners are very lightly and minimally bumped. Still firmly bound to the inner page block. Inside the book: Front blank endpage is removed so you open at the half-title page and find the large family hand-written page by Dorothy Patrick. There are 13 full page illustrations with a description of each one on the reverse. Several were reproduced from original oil paintings at The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, by kind permission of the trustees. There is a facsimile of a letter written by Lord Nelson to Admiral Sir John Jervis K.B. August 16th, 1797. There are also several black and white drawings of maps and battles fought by Nelson throughout his naval career. Apart from foxing to the first and last few pages, the other 734 pages are in a very nice clean condition. There is a large fold out family tree for THE NELSON FAMILY, at the very end of the book. [almost 27 inches long in its' entirety]. Book is large and heavy measuring approx 10 inches x 7 inches and weighing 1.4kg [1400g]. - There were 3 small newspaper clippings that came with this book and I will add them as a small bonus item. - This Is A Mighty Rare Book Especially With The Family Inscription & The Historical Information Provided In The Inscription. - [example: Is It A Well Documented Fact That Nelson Had His First Trip With His Uncle When He Was 12 Years Old?] [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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