Place Published: London
Publisher: Printed for Henry Colburn
Date Published: 1815
Edition: 2nd Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
Small 8vo (20 x 12.5 cm (approx 7¾ x 4¾ inches), vi, 352pp.
Embellished with a Fine Portrait, after Romney. New brown leather spine with gilt type and rebacked preserving original marbled boards and end papers, previous owner's name neatly written on 1st blank, illustrated frontispiece,
Externally: Very good with some wear to original front and back marbled boards and slightly original bent leather corner tips.
Internally: some age browning and foxing, some water staining in the early and later pages, otherwise generally bright and tight throughout.
Overall Condition: very good
“Emma, Lady Hamilton, the lover of Admiral Nelson. Nelson had become a national hero on the moment of his death in the decisive naval battle against the French off Cape Trafalgar in 1805. A decade later Emma, chased by creditors, was ending her days in exile and penury in Calais. But there remained a public fascination for her extraordinary life story, and when “Memoirs of Lady Hamilton with Illustrated Anecdotes of Many of Her Most Particular Friends and Distinguished Contemporaries” was published in 1815, the year of her death, it was an instant, runaway success. In this book, many pages were given by its unknown author, to the extraordinary friendship Emma had with the outrageous Earl Bishop, concluding: "Such was the character and end of Frederick Hervey, Earl of Bristol, who dissipated a long life, a princely fortune, and respectable talents, in the pursuit of pleasure, with all the eagerness, and on the same motive as that which actuated the Epicurean philosophers of old, whose creed and practice were comprehended in the resolution, ‘Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die’.” quoted from Hotel Bristol News blog
With illustrative anecdotes of many of her most particular friends and distinguished contemporaries. With some minor corrections and additions. “An abusive book with pseudo-religious reflections, is of little authority, but not quite worthless” D.N.B. It was considered worth a later 3rd reprint in 1892
Very Good. Item #3598