DescriptionHenry Teonge. The Diary of Henry Teonge,Chaplain on Board His Majesty's Ships Assistance, Bristol, and Royal Oak, Anno 1675 to 1679. From the Library of Glenn Ford. Now First Published From the Original MS. With Biographical and Historical Notes. London: Printed for Charles Knight, 1825.
First edition. Octavo. xviii, 327 pages. Folding facsimile leaf from the original diary with additional engraved vignette of Spernall Church, Warwickshire on the first title page.
Beautiful full-leather binding by Mudie with twin rules and floral devices stamped in gilt on the boards and additional decoration stamped in blind. Rules, decoration and titles stamped in gilt in six compartments between five raised bands on the spine. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Externally handsome with slight toning to the spine panel and light wear at the extremities. Contents fresh with some moderate toning and foxing to the preliminary pages, especially the first title page and some foxing to the fold-out plate. With the bookplate of the Honourable Algernon D. Boyle on the front pastedown. A fine copy.
Henry Teonge entered his majesty's service rather late in life. For reasons unknown he left his family and church in Warwickshire to become a navy chaplain. His diary provides a gripping and graphic look at the rather horrible conditions of ship-board life during the period. From the library of American film actor Glenn Ford, with his armorial bookplate.
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