First edition of The Life Of Nelson: The Embodiment of the Sea Power of Great Britian by Captain A.T. Mahan.
Octavo, [two volumes], xxiii, , 454pp; xvi, , 427pp, [2pp ads]. Navy blue cloth, title in gilt on spine, illustration of Nelson stamped in gilt on cover. Top edge gilt, blue-gray endpapers. Contemporary ownership inscription on front free endpaper of each volume, dated 1898. Complete with frontispiece, 9 full page portraits, 10 maps and battle plans in Volume I; frontispiece, 8 full page portraits and 10 maps and battle plans in Volume II. Partially unopened. Faint rubbing to bottom of boards at bottom edge of spine, otherwise fine copies. (Hattendorf, A6a)
“Captain Mahan is the most accomplished Naval Critic of the day, and he has traced the development of Nelson’s Powers and described his successive victories in a way that makes this book a professional classic.” – Barnes, p.204.