Nelson's Purse

Martyn Downer

Verlag: Corgi, 2005
ISBN 10: 0552150851 / ISBN 13: 9780552150859
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2005. 538 pages. Signed by the author. Illustrated beige paperback with red lettering. Clean pages with no noticeable markings or annotations. Mild tanning to endpapers and page edges. Signed by the Author on title page. Mild wear and creasing to spine, edges and corners. 'Signed' sticker to front and 'used' sticker to back. Buchnummer des Verkäufers

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Inhaltsangabe: For nearly two centuries, a red morocco dispatch box lay forgotten in a castle attic. When Martyn Downer opened the box and broke its spell, he uncovered a cache of fascinating and intimate letters relating to the life of Britain's greatest naval hero, Horatio Nelson. As Downer explored the castle, he went on to find a treasure trove of never-before-seen objects, including Nelson’s swords, medals, porcelain, guns and even the purse he was carrying on the day he was shot at Trafalgar in 1805, still containing its gold coins. When Nelson died, these objects were passed on to his closest business associate, Alexander Davison, whose descendants had kept them without knowing their enormous historical significance. As Downer identifies each item and its provenance, fresh insights are revealed into the personal and domestic lives of Nelson, his jilted wife Fanny and his mistress Emma, Lady Hamilton. Rarely, if ever, have Nelson and his circle been brought so vividly and palpably to life. Nelson's Purse is an extraordinary historical detective story that will change our view of Lord Nelson forever.

Rezension: "'Downer's account of the Nelson-Emma-Fanny triangle is a gripping read, and he succeeds triumphantly in rescuing Davison from obscurity'" Spectator "'A truly riveting story of assiduous detection and fine scholarship...a total triumph' " -- Simon Winchester "'An extraordinary detective story'" History Today "'Strewn with vivid images, Downer's narrative is well-researched and well-written'" Sunday Times "'An intriguing story with a rip-roaring account of Trafalgar...Downer has a good story to tell and does so in high style that will satisfy readers of historical novels with enough strange reality to intrigue those preferring non-fiction'" Literary Review

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Titel: Nelson's Purse
Verlag: Corgi
Erscheinungsdatum: 2005
Einband: Softcover
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Verlag: London, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland & Johannesburg: Bantam Press (2004)
ISBN 10: 0593051807 ISBN 13: 9780593051801
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Buchbeschreibung London, Toronto, Sydney, Auckland & Johannesburg: Bantam Press, 2004. Hardback in Dust Wrapper. Please note that at 1.2Kg. this book will require additional postage outside of the UK. | Dust Wrapper over Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 9½" x 6¼". 424pp. Index. Bibliography. | First Edition (First Printing).Signed by author. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Colour Plates; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; <br For more photos or information, use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I'll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the rustic nirvana of Peasedown St. John, near Bath, England from a long-established bookseller - guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! BUYING THIS BOOK means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition :: Very Good - in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Artikel-Nr. 179299

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