LIFE OF NELSON, 1808: LARGE-PAPER COPY WITH PROOF PLATES
(NELSON, Horatio, Lord Viscount) CHURCHILL, T.O. The Life of Lord Viscount Nelson, Duke of Bronté, &c. Illustrated by Engravings of It's Most Striking and Memorable Incidents. London: Printed by T. Bensley, for J. & W. Macgavin, et al., 1808. Large quarto, modern three-quarter brown calf, raised bands, red morocco spine labels, marbled boards, uncut. $1750.
First edition of this illustrated biography of Nelson, large-paper copy with proof plates. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece portrait of Nelson, 11 engraved plates depicting dramatic events from his life, two folding engraved plates depicting Nelson's funeral car and his coffin, and a facsimile of a letter in Nelson's hand.
The object of this illustrated memoir of Lord Nelson was "to give a faithful and authentic account of a man who rapidly filled a glorious career of such splendid actions, as can seldom fall to the lot of a single mortal: and by the aid of the graver to exhibit to the eye the most striking scenes of his life" (Preface). The engraved plates, though they are all lettered and captioned, are labeled "Proof." Lowndes, 449. With a newspaper account of Nelson's funeral laid in.
Interior generally clean, joints a bit tender, binding sound and attractive. A lovely copy.