SOUTHEY, Robert. The Life of Nelson … Tenth edition. London, Printed for the late John Murray, 1849.
Small 8vo. Contemporary red morocco school prize binding for the City of London School, spine with raised bands, ornamented and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, inner dentelles gilt, patterned endpapers; pp. vii, 352; a lovely copy.
This book was published first in the year Southey was made poet laureate (1813), and remained in print for a long period. 'Many lives of Nelson have been written: one is yet wanting, clear and concise enough to become a manual for the young sailor, which he may carry about with him, till he has treasured up the example in his memory and in his heart … the best eulogy of Nelson is the faithful history, that which shall relate them most perspicuously' (preface).