Beresford, Rear-Admiral Lord Charles. & Wilson, H. W.


1st.ed., n.d. (1897-98). Viii + 232 pp., cold. frontis., + numerous photographs, drawings, engravings, etc. Contemporary dark green half-calf ; green patterned cloth ; gilt ; marbled edges & e.p’s ; 33 x 25cm. Leather rubbed o/w V.G. Originally published in ten parts during 1897-1898, and bound up into a single volume, this wonderful book remains the finest pictorial study of Lord Nelson’s life ever published. Profusely illustrated, many reproduced from contemporary engravings and prints, it is invaluable for identifying portraits of Nelson, etc. The frontispiece is a coloured plate depicting Nelson landing at Copenhagen in 1801. The authors describe Nelson’s life from his Norfolk childhood to his death at Trafalgar and his funeral in 1806. Wilson, the main author of the biography, was a leading naval historian a century ago. Lord Beresford, on the other hand, was a high-profile popular figure with a name that would attract the attention of the public of the 1890s. Illustrated with portraits, views, maps, facsimiles, etc.

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