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Life of Nelson  Sir Geoffrey Callender
 Maps, Plans & Illustrations

The Life of Nelson by Sir Geoffrey Callender 1912


The Life of Nelson by Sir Geoffrey Callender

With Maps, Plans and Illustrations


Biographical account of the life of Horatio Nelson by the English Navel Historian Sir Geoffrey Arthur Romaine Callender.  


Callender was writing in 1912 when he describes Burnham Thorpe the birthplace of Nelson.

“Those who make a pilgrimage to Nelson shrines row out to the Victory in Portsmouth harbour or visit the crypt of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Burnham Thorpe, within easy reach of crowded watering-places, Cromer and Sheringham and Hunstanton, is left unvisited. The centuries have made but little change.  It remains today the perfect picture of an old-time country village; with old grey church and village green, one straggling street, and swelling meadowlands with fringe of trees and dumpy straw-built cattle sheds. Due north some three miles from the churchyard wall is the sandy coast washed by the rolling North Sea waves.

Nelson was born at Burnham Thorpe on 29th September 1758. His father was vicar of the parish. His mother was a sister of that Captain Suckling who commanded the Dreadnought so pluckily in the fight off Cap Francois and made the twenty-fist of October a red-letter day in the family annals a year before Nelson was born….”


First edition 1912

Non-fiction softback book. National Maritime Museum Greenwich SE10.

No inscriptions. Interestingly not mention in Callender’s bibliography of published books.  It was certainly amongst the first books he wrote and published.  


Published by Longmans, Green and Co, 30 Paternoster Row, London, New York, Bombay and Calcutta.

Size: 18cm x 12.5 cm

Number of pages:  154 Pages

Illustrations: 12 Illustrations and Frontispiece, and comes complete with the rarer pull-out plan of the complete interior of The Victory




Of Books about Nelson

Of the Ships that Nelson sailed in. How they were Built and how Armed.

Of Naval Wars in Nelson’s lifetime prior to the Battle of St. Vincent

Of Sailing Tactics and Naval Manoeuvres


Boyhood and youth

Early Services

Chapter 1 During the American War

Chapter 2 The Agamemnon

The Battle of St Vincent


The Battle of the Nile

The Battle of Copenhagen

The Trafalgar Campaign

Chapter 1 The blockade of Toulon

Chapter 2 The Chase

Chapter 3 The Battle

The Death of Nelson


APPENDIX Nelson Relics



The Battle of St Vincent 14 February 1797

Aboukir Bay

The Battle of the Nile 1 August 1798

Denmark and the Entrances to the Baltic

Cadiz and Trafalgar

The Battle of Trafalgar 21 October 1805



Nelson in 1797 Frontispiece

An Eighteenth-Century Ship

Nelson and the Bear

Sir John Jervis KCB

Nelson at the Battle of St. Vincent

Cuthbert, Lord Collingwood

The Battle of the Nile

Nelson’s Blind Eye

Nelson in his Cabin on board the Victory


The Death of Nelson

Napoleon on board the Bellerophon

Interior of the Victory


Biography of Author:

Sir Geoffrey Arthur Romaine Callender (1875-1946) was born in Manchester in 1875 and educated at Oxford.  He became Professor of History and English at the Royal Naval College Greenwich and was the organiser and first director of the National Maritime Museum. He served as director from 1934-1946 and was knighted in 1938. His portrait was painted by David Shanks Ewart in 1945 and hangs in the National Maritime Museum where he was to die less than a year later on 6 November 1946. He wrote several books including:

Sea King’s of Britain 3 volumes 1907-1911

Spindrift: Salt from the Ocean of English Prose 1915

The Life of Admiral Sir John Leake 2 volumes (Navy Records Society 1918, 1919

The Naval Side of British History 1924



Buff coloured card covers: Age-related wear and age-toned around the cover edges as image. A greysi smudge through the name on the front. Top outermost corner missing front cover. Tearing and age-tone on rear covers. Foxing to outer page edges and age-toned pages.

Binding: Tight

Spine: Crinkled with wear on edges.

Pages.  All pages complete. All illustrations, maps and plans complete.  Age-toned at the edges. Foxing to outer page edges. A good, but rather delicate example of a book more than 100 years old.

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