[Handbill announcing Nelson's victory at the Battle of the Nile, 1798, headed: 'Adm. NELSON's Victory over the French.'

Author: 
Horatio Nelson [Admiral Lord Nelson; Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté] (1758-1805) Battle of the Nile, 1798
Publication details: 
Without place or date. [October 1798.]
£1,200.00
SKU: 22123

Presumably distributed in the streets (of London?) on the news of Nelson's victory. No other copy of the title has been traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC. Printed on one side of a 34 x 19.5 cm piece of paper, with cropped margins (text area 33 x 17.5 cm). The reverse of the leaf would appear to be blank, the leaf being laid down on a piece of grey paper removed from an album. Printed in double column, with a wavy vertical dividing rule down the middle, beneath the title 'Adm. NELSON's Victory over the French.' Reprinted verbatim (without acknowledgement) from the London Gazette Extraordinary, 2 October 1798. Begins: 'Admiralty-Office, Oct. 2. | The Hon. Capt. Capel, of his Majesty's sloop Mutine, arrived this morning with Dispatches from Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson, K.B to Evan Nepean, Esq. Secretary of the Admiralty, of which the following are Copies:'. Two of Nelson's letters are reprinted, the first to Nepean, from 'Vanguard, Mouth of the Nile, | August 7, 1798', and to the Earl of St. Vincent describing the engagement, as before, 3 August 1798. This is followed by lists of the lines of battle, and 'A Return of the Killed and Wounded in his Majesty's Ships under the Command of Sir Horatio Nelson, K.B. Rear-Admiral of the Blue, in Action with the French, at Anchor, on the 1st of August, 1798, off the Mouth of the Nile.'The same text – being the sole source of information – was similarly used by the whole British press, for example in The Times, 3 October 1798. The typesetter was clearly instructed to present the whole text on one page, as a supplementary letter from Nelson (to St Vincent, 11 August 1798) is summarised as a note preceded by a triangle of three dots at the foot of the page. On the reverse of the grey paper mount are laid down two engravings of Hoppner's portrait of Nelson, the one a detail of the other, each on a 12mo page, each with a facsimile of Nelson's signature, one (the detail) engraved by J. Cochran and published by Fisher, Son & Co, London, 1837; the other engraved by H. Robinson, without publication details.