1898 Nelson and His Times
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Colour Plates, First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
The first edition. In a smart half calf binding with gilt lettering and detail to the spine. With a stunning colour frontispiece and numerous monochrome vignette illustrations throughout, mostly from contemporary sketches. Selected, arranged and annotated by Edward H. Fitchew. Written by the British admiral and MP Charles William de la Poer Beresford, and the British journalist, naval historian and author of, 'Ironclads in Action', Herbert Wrigley Wilson. A comprehensive work on the life of Admiral Nelson, the famous British flag officer in the Royal Navy, and celebrated strategist of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The preface correctly identifies that while, by 1898 many similar studies of the life of Admiral Nelson had been produced, 'there are always fresh phases of character to be revealed, and newer side-lights to be thrown on the history of so surpassing a figure in the life of a nation'. Previous owner's ink inscription from one, 'Pamala Bates', to the reverse of the front free endpaper.
In half calf binding. Externally, smart with some rubbing to the extremities. Marks to the boards and some fading to the spine. Hinges starting but still firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean with some scattered handling marks and spots throughout. Marks to the frontispiece. Creasing and a closed tear of about 1.5 inches to the title page. Light age-toning to the edges.
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