KNYVETON, John GRAY, Ernest
Title: Surgeon's Mate: The Diary of John Knyveton, Surgeon in the British Fleet during the Seven Years War 1756-1762
Publisher:  Robert Hale, London, 1942, 1942
Seller ID: 77127
KNYVETON, John, edited and transcribed by Ernest GRAY. Surgeon's Mate : The Diary of John Knyveton, Surgeon in the British Fleet during the Seven Years War 1756-1762. London : Robert Hale Limited, (December) 1942. 2nd printing. Pp. (4),v-ix,(1),11-224 + portrait frontispiece + 6 plates. 8vo, blue cloth covers with white title block to spine.
The first of the Royal Navy Surgeon's diaries, continues with The Diary of a Surgeon in the Year 1751-1752 and Man Midwife: The further experiences of John Knyveton, M.D., late surgeon in the British Fleet.
"The diaries contain factual, historical and linguistic inaccuracies which indicate that they were written after the events described, and are based on the life of Thomas Denman (1733-1815). In this article we describe the errors in the diaries and review the life and work of Ernest A. Gray who seems to have been the real author." Martin H. Evans and Geoffrey Hooper.
"Thomas Denman, the elder, M.D. (1733–1815) was an English physician. He was the second son of John Denman (or Thomas), an apothecary born at Bakewell, Derbyshire, on 27 June 1733. After a career in naval medicine he made a considerable amount of money in midwifery. [...]
There are three volumes of the Diaries of John Knyveton edited by Ernest Gray, published between 1937 and 1946, that are clearly based on the life of Thomas Denman, although they do not state this. The first volume has inaccuracies with regards to dates for some events but a quick analysis of the two later volumes reveals that Denman and Knyveton are the same person. Although some of the dates are incorrect, there are fewer inaccuracies than in the first volume. All said, the diaries are well written and worth reading, although largely fictional." - Wikipedia.
Decorative ex libris bookplate (of a Douglas Service) to front pastedown, light foxing to pastedowns, bowed, light wear to edges, light soiling to cloth, a few internal smudges,a little shaky else very good, else very good. 75.00