Naval Sketch Book: or, the Service Afloat and Ashore; with Characteristic Reminiscences, Fragments, and Opinions, Second Series, in Two Volumes
London: Whittaker & Co., 1835.
Hardcover. Very Good. 8vo. Volume I: 293 pp, with frontispiece and one additional plate. Volume II: 288 pp + illustrations, with frontispiece and two additional plates. Re-bound in cloth with textured design (vaguely resembling leather), titles and small decorative elements stamped in gilt on spines. A few spots of light foxing to some pages, very slight spine lean, gift inscription dated 1838 of each front flyleaf, but overall quite clean and sound. William Nugent Glascock (c. 1787-1847) was an Irish officer in the Royal Navy who saw service during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and later in the years of relative peace. He devoted long intervals of half-pay to writing, and produced several volumes of naval novels, anecdotes, reminiscences, and reflections. His biographer in the Dictionary of National Biography found his work unimpressive as literature, but "interesting as social sketches of naval life in the early part of the century."