82. [Pepys (Samuel)] Memoires relating to the State of the Royal Navy of England, for Ten Years..., first edition , variant issue with Griffin-Keble imprint, engraved portrait after Kneller, title in red and black, folding table of accounts mounted on stub (short tear to central fold), one or two leaves browned but generally a clean, bright copy, old pencil note pasted inside front cover “This was the Sergison (Cuckfield) copy & no doubt was bought by or given to Sergison on publication”, contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments with red morocco label, rubbed, joints split, small worn patch to upper cover, preserved in cloth drop-back box, [Pforzheimer 793; Wing P1450], 8vo, for Ben Griffin, by Sam.Keble, 1690.
est. £600 – £800
Charles Sergison (1654-1732), of Cuckfield Park, Sussex, commissioner of the navy. He “entered the service of the crown as a dockyard clerk in July 1671. In 1675 he became clerk to the clerk of the acts, whose office was then held jointly by Thomas Hayter and John Pepys, a younger brother of Samuel Pepys...[In 1689] Sergison was...appointed...and remained clerk of the acts for thirty years, for the most part single-handed, but from 1701 to 1706 jointly with Samuel Atkins, formerly clerk of Samuel Pepys. During this period, which included the war of the Spanish succession, as well as the little war of 1718, the work of the navy board was excessively heavy, and Sergison won the highest opinion of the several administrations with whom he acted. The emoluments of the office were large, though rather by perquisites and fees than by pay, and in 1691 Sergison was able to purchase Cuckfield Park in Sussex. During the reign of Anne he more than once asked for permission to retire, but was told that he could not be spared. Afterwards, when he was superseded at the age of 65, in 1719, he seems to have felt it as an undeserved insult.” DNB