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GLASCOCK, William Nugent.

Naval Sketch-Book; or, the Service Afloat and Ashore;

with Characteristic Reminiscences, Fragments, and Opinions on Professional, Colonial, and Political Subjects; interspersed with Copious Notes, Biographical, Historical, Critical, and Illustrations. By an Officer of Rank.

Published: London: Printed for the Author, 1826

Stock code: 110654

Price: £350

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First edition, uncommon Copac recording just 3 locations – BL, NMM, and Senate House. Glascock (1787?-1847) joined the navy in 1800 on the Glenmore frigate with Captain George Duff. He followed Duff to the Vengeance in 1801, serving in her in the Baltic, on the coast of Ireland, and in the West Indies. “In 1803 he was appointed to the Colossus and afterwards to the Barfleur, in which he was present in the action off Cape Finisterre on 22 July 1805, and later at the blockade of Brest under Admiral Cornwallis. In November 1808 he was promoted lieutenant of the Dannemark, and served in her at the capture of Flushing in August 1809; in 1812 he was a lieutenant of the Clarence in the Bay of Biscay” (J.K. Laughton in ODNB). He subsequently saw service in Portugal during the disturbances in the 1830s. Laughton damns Glascock’s literary endeavours with faint praise, considering them “occasionally interesting as social sketches”, this is certainly unfair, their intention was clearly entertainment rather than education. A pretty set.

2 volumes octavo (190 115 mm). Contemporary Navy blue calf, title gilt direct to the spine, narrow paired bands with thin rope-twist gilt roll, compartments with nested gilt panels, fleur-de-lys corner-pieces, elaborate concentric panels in blind to the boards with single outer foliate roll in gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Half-titles bound in, errata slip tipped into volume I at the dedication leaf. A little rubbed, with some scuffing at the corners, scrape and faint cup-ring to the lower board of volume I, light browning, light foxing front and back and sporadically to the text, remains very good.

Bibliography: NMM, II, 2, p.667

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