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The Life of Nelson
London: Printed for John Murray, Bookseller to the Admiralty and to the Board of Longitude,, 1813. 2 volumes octavo, (168 × 102 mm). Original boards, rebacked to style and with facsimile paper labels. Engraved portrait frontispiece to volume I, frontispiece of volume II with five facsimile signatures, both half-titles present, ads dated March 1813 tipped in at the front endpapers of Volume I. A little rubbed, and inevitably edge-worn, endpapers somewhat browned, frontispieces foxed as often, light toning to the text, but overall very good. First edition. "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, and many more besides, coming to dominate the Nelson biography market, perpetually in print. Elegantly written and surprisingly even-handed on the issue of the Neapolitan Jacobins. Contemporary gift inscription to the front pastedown from Thomas French Eade to his daughter Elizabeth Wood Eade.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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