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Augustus Hervey's Journal Ed. David Erskine

Publisher's Synopsis

Augustus Hervey was born into the wildly eccentric family of the Earls of Bristol, a lineage so different from ordinary folk but it was said that there were three sexes: men, women and Herveys.  Indeed, Augustus's father was the infamous cross-dressing courtier lampooned by Alexander Pope as Sporus and Lord Fanny.  A secret marriage and a notorious bigamy trial surrounded the young Augustus with scandal, and he was happy to escape to sea.  But if the family thought the Navy a dull and conventional career,  Augustus was soon to prove he had true Hervey blood in his veins. With powerful patronage, he rapidly achieved independent command, and proved himself a surprisingly effective naval officer.  It is at this point, in 1746, that his journal begins, and while it offers a valuable insight into the Navy of the time, it is most entertaining when Hervey describes peacetime campaigns among the ladies of the Mediterranean cities.  Clearly proud of his successes, he is happy to relate in candid detail the sometimes elaborate tactics necessary to secure his prizes.  This journal which was never intended for publication, is unique and its forthright descriptions of the sailor's life, ashore and afloat, before the advent of Victorian values imposed a veil of discretion on naval officers' memoirs.


Chatham Publishing; 2002. Paperback. 'The Adventures Afloat and Ashore of a Naval Casanova'. 349 pp. Excellent condition. uncreased spine.  Pre-owned. ISBN: 1861761236

Augustus Hervey's Journal Ed. David Erskine

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