The Life of Nelson: The Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britain, in Two Volumes [Vols. One and Two]

By: Mahan, Capt. A.T.

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Two volumes (complete) in blue cloth with gilt spine titles and gilt portraits of Nelson on the upper boards of both volumes, 16 by 23 cm, top edges gilt, frontis portraits, xxiii [ii] 44 pp., xvi [ii] 427 pp. plus two pages pf publisher ads, a total of 19 illustrations and 20 maps and battle plans. Very good with minor edge and corner wear and bumping and wear with some very tiny tears at the head and tails of the spines. Vol. I has a snippet from an old bookseller’s catalog pasted on the front pastedown and a tiny 1940 gift inscription verso the ffep. All in all, a very attractive set with bright gilt cover decorations. The first edition of a biography that remains a classic of naval history and theory. From a modern edition: “The author, Alfred Thayer Mahan, remains a highly regarded naval historian and naval theorist who saw Nelson as the on-deck demonstrator of the broad theories of sea power that he himself was articulating. As the subtitle of the book indicates, Mahan focuses on Nelson's professional life and provides a penetrating analysis of his naval career. Avoiding the pitfalls of previous biographies colored by hero-worship, Mahan provides a balanced view that even won over an initially skeptical British audience. Evaluating the legendary figure from across an ocean and across nearly a century of time, he takes full advantage of information that appeared after Nelson's death and his own considerable knowledge of naval matters. One of Mahan's best books, this biography is credited with elevating the understanding of the geopolitical role of sea power and accelerating the influence of sea power on American history.”

Title: The Life of Nelson: The Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britain, in Two Volumes [Vols. One and Two]

Author Name: Mahan, Capt. A.T.

Categories: Biography & Autobiography, Boating, Ships, Military History,

Edition: first American edition

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown, and Company : 1897

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 3187