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Lot 1415: Cooper Willyams A VOYAGE UP THE MEDITERRANEAN IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP THE SWIFTSURE 1802 First Edition Antique British Nautical Exploration & Military History Horatio Nelson Hand-Colored Engravings Battle Of The Nile
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: A Voyage up the Mediterranean in His Majesty's Ship the Swiftsure, One of the Squadron under the Command of Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, L. B. Now Viscount and Baron Nelson of the Nile, and Duke of Bronte in Sicily. With a Description of the Battle of the Nile on the First of August 1798, and a Detail of Events That Occurred Subsequent to the Battle in Various Parts of the Mediterranean.
Author: Cooper Willyams - Rev. Cooper Willyams (June, 1762 – July 17, 1816) was a clergyman and a British Artist. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: Printed by T. Bensley for J. White
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: xxiii/309 pages plus 43 hand-colored engravings
Width: 9.5" Height: 11.5"
Book Details: Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership, superb grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics, all of which resulted in a number of decisive naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded several times in combat, losing one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the sight in one eye in Corsica. He was shot and killed during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Condition / Notes: This is the scarce first edition of this work. The antique volume has been rebound in half-leather with marbled paper covers and stamped gilt lettering/illustration on the spine. There are five raised bands on the spine. The exterior shows light to moderate rubbing and toning, concentrated at the edges, corners, and gutters. The binding is solid. The title page shows a former owner's signature and light smudging. The pages show light to moderate toning, foxing, and offsetting. The work is lavishly illustrated with 43 hand-colored engraved plates. The engravings show American Museum stamps on the versos; thirty-nine of the plates are tissue guarded.
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