Book Description

The Morning Post newspaper, dated Thursday, November 7 1805, bearing the news of the death of Lord Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar. With Half Penny duty stamp bottom right of page three, 4 pp, 49 x 33 cm, in a quarter leather custom folder. Age-toned with mild soiling, some creasing and very small tears to edges, two small holes at the hinge. Scarce.
Dealer Notes
Among the earliest reports in Britain of the death of Nelson. News of his death had first appeared in print in the Gibraltar Chronicle two weeks earlier but did not reach Britain until the afternoon of 6th November 1805 when, the Globe, an evening paper, ran a brief account and the London Gazette carried the Vice-Admiral Collingwood’s report of the incident. Full reports were published the following morning, Thursday 7th November 1805, in the daily papers, including The Times and The Morning Post (the predecessor of The Daily Telegraph).

Includes in full Vice-Admiral Collingwood’s dispatch, the Admiralty Bulletin, a Letter from an Officer of the Euryalus, and The Post’s lengthy editorial which concluded by contrasting Nelson with the “Corsican Tyrant" commenting that “...Nelson was advancing in the love and confidence of Britain, by devotion to her interests, and spotless fidelity to her honour – he lived for her glory, and he perished in her cause. - Peace to his illustrious manes!” There are other reports relating to the previous day’s celebration of the victory, including the firing of the Park and Tower guns, the ringing of bells, “a partial illumination” in the evening, and various impromptu songs, poems and tributes performed at London theatres.
Author Various
Date November 7th 1805
Binding Newspaper in custom portfolio
Condition G
Pages 4

Price: £2500.00

Offered by Rainford & Parris

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