[NELSON, LORD VISCOUNT] CLARKE, JAMES S. and McARTHUR, JOHN. The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson, K.B. from His Lordship's Manuscripts.
London: printed by T. Bentley for T. Cadell and W. Davies and W. Miller, 1809. First edition. Two volumes, contemporary full calf gilt, later spines titled and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt 13 1/4 x 11 inches (34 x 27.5 cm); vi, 15, , xlv, , 375,  pp.; , 511, , 4 pp.; vol. I with frontispiece, 5 plates, and in-text illustrations; vol. 2 with 10 plates, 1 folding plate and in-text illustrations. Wear to bindings, rebacked, endpapers replaced, internally generally a clean set. Early gift inscription at the head of the title.
A luxuriously printed and illustrated biography of Britain's greatest naval hero, Lord Horatio Nelson, published four years after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar. "Clarke and McArthur were responsible for creating more myths about Nelson than any other authors" (Roger Knight).
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