Gascoigne’s Path To Naval Fame,
Printed for the Author, by E. Foden.
8vo. 5.5 x 8.25 inches. x, including 1 pp. advertisements, + 180 + 16 pp. + 7 +  pp. author's advertisements. Bound in contemporary brown cloth over marbled boards. A little wear to extremities, some browning of endpapers and occasional spotting and ink stains elsewhere; otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by frontispiece and by 2 plates with tissue guards. A poem in four cantos on life in the Royal Navy, at sea, the ships and how they were sailed, and the crew. It is followed by an Index of Nautical Terms and Phrases, The Humble Petition of the Author to to George the Fourth and a catalogue of his other published titles. Gascoigne provides revealing details about himself in the preface and petition. As a half pay retired Marine lieutenant, he attempted to make a living from his writing, but was thwarted by the failure of his bookseller and was forced to lay out his own funds on self publishing (using a printer in Warwick where he lived), with very little return to himself: 'At length he saw his 'Gleanings,' and his 'Fame,' Before the world, to purchase him a name; Good hundreds paid for publishing - what then? He never saw a single pound again.' His other major work was Gleanings from Life (1806 and 1828 editions) but he compiled some fifteen minor works and pamphlets from 1815, being particularly concerned with poverty and agricultural distress. A scarce title; no copies have been traced of the first edition of 1806 and this second edition of 1825 is held by only about a dozen UK libraries.
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