1st.ed., 1994. Xvii + 472 pp., 35 cold. plates & 33 b&w plates + double-page family tree. D.j. 24 x 15cm. FINE. Christopher Hibbert (1924-2008) was the author of many fine books on history and biography and well known for his attention to detail. This study met with a mixed reception on publication as many were expecting a biography of Nelson. Rather, as the title suggests, it is "a personal history," tracing Nelson’s life from Burnham Thorpe to St. Paul’s and along the way examining Nelson’s colourful character. In Hibbert’s usual way he casts his net far and wide to gather material for his study, and much of the manuscript and other sources are hitherto unpublished. There is also a good bibliography quoting manuscripts, journals, books, articles, newspapers and other sources. The book ends with notes on the fate of characters whose end are not recorded in the text, plus a brief chronology. All sources are fully documented and the book is generously illustrated with a family tree, 35 coloured plates, and 33 black & white plates. FINE copy of the First Edition.