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Local Red Book
Penzance, St. Ives, Newlyn, Hayle, St. Just, Marazion, Phillack

Copyright: First edition

Description: Glossy card covers, 15 pages, clear detailed maps of the above mentioned towns. Plus full street cross reference index and post codes.

Item: UB0131
Price: $7.50


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All For One And One For All
A Chronicle Of The Martin Family

Author: Frank Martin Senior 
Copyright: 1985, First Edition. Self Published

Description: Teal cloth boards with gold gilt spine and frontis, mylar protector in place since new. 40 pages, B & W photographs.

Interesting little book that chronicles a branch of the MARTIN family of Cornwall with branches in France, Cornwall, Canada, USA and South Africa. Includes family trees of several of the lines. Many rare family photographs. Inscribed by the author to a Selina or Selma from Uncle Frank. This particular branch was in Madron, Paul, Penzance and ended up in the Ontario, Canada area. Fascinating tale of a family that emigrated and found a better life, but never forgot their Cornish roots. The story starts with details of Joe and Jane Hamilton in Madron, and unusual couple for the 1880s, Joe was a black man from Jamaica, and Jane was a local girl. Apparently Joe and Jane decided not to have children, not sure if they would be black or white and how people would view the children. Well... I won't spoil the story, and it would be a fascinating story to research through census records, but I will leave the rest up to the new owners of this book. A very interesting read for sure.    

Item: UB0132
Price: $42.00


 

To America And Back With James Hosking 1811
Author: James Martin Hosking 
Copyright: 1970, First Edition. Self published.

Description: Card covers78 pages. Rare B&W family photographs, engravings and family trees.

James Hoskin or James Hosking wrote a detailed account of his travels from Cornwall to the USA in 1811, this was published in 1813 and is now exceedingly rare. He details his travels through eight of the states and remarks on the soil, produce, prices, and agriculture in general. One copy belongs to his relative who produced this facsimile and added to it by including family history. James Hosking was baptised the son of James Hosking on 8th March 1760 at Ludgvan, Cornwall. He wed Elizabeth Vinicombe on 3rd June 1788 and they had 9 children together. This is altogether a fascinating account of his travels and observances in America, his sadness at the plight of the Negro and the second part is a detailed look at this branch of the Hosking family and those who are related through marriage, much of it relating to Ludgvan and St. Buryan where the family were and are farmers. 

Item: UB0133
Price: $26.50


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The Cornish Journal Of Charles Lee

Edited by: K. C. Phillipps 
Copyright: 1992, First Edition

Description: Hard Cover, dust jacket, as new condition. 105 pages, B & W photographs.

In his journal at about the start of the 20th century Charles Lee recounts vivid anecdotes of and by his Cornish neighbours. This charming book will be enthralling to the reader.

Item: UB0134
Price: $18.50


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A Week At The Land's End

Author: J. T. Blight 
Copyright: 1989, First published in 1861, this is a facsimile.

Description: Glossy pictorial card cover, 227 pages plus index, profusely illustrated with Blight's renowned detailed engravings. Book appears to be new.

This is one of the most important books ever published on the area of West Penwith. Blight was an excellent observer and in this book he takes us, the reader, on a detailed tour of the area. We observe all the important antiquities, the church architecture, the natural landscape, the people. We learn about the flora and fauna, the customs and traditions, the dialect. It is perhaps my favourite book on the area.

Item: UB0135
Price: $14.20


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Deep Down In The Mines
A Tale Of The Cornish Mines

Author: R. M. Ballantyne 
Copyright: 1884, unknown edition

Description: Brown and red embossed boards with gold gilt, 420 pages. Shelf wear to edges, bumped corners, internal split to F & R flyleaf, yellowed pages, otherwise tight reading copy with all plates intact. Exhibits some of the most interesting scenes, incidents and facts connected with mining life in Cornwall told in a story/novel-like manner. Includes black and white illustrations.

Item: UB0136
Price: $16.50


 

The Cousin Jacks
The Cornish In America
Author: A. L. Rowse 
Copyright: 1969 First Edition

Description: Hard cover, dust jacket, ex libris, 451 pages, fully indexed, very clean copy with usual library stamps, sticker on spine. Hence lower than standard price.

This book belongs in every the library of every Cornish man or woman. It is the definitive study of the Cornish in America, not just the miners, but also the farmers and others. It traces some very early Cornish immigrants from the earliest settlers in the early 1600s as well as those in subsequent years. Very detailed information on individual families. This book also covers the areas not typically associated with Cornish emigration. Unfortunately this book is becoming increasingly difficult to locate. 

Item: UB0137
Price: $23.50


 

The Cornish Miner In America
Author: Arthur Cecil Todd 
Copyright: 1967, First Edition

Description: Hard cover, dust jacket, 279 pages, B&W photographs, fully indexed. Dust jacket moderate chipping to dust jacket and shelf wear. The Dust jacket did its job because the boards and contents of the book are NM. Previous owner's neat inscription in pen on title page surname is Skewes 

Chapters include: Cornwall and its miners; Wisconsin and its Cornish :"Badgers"; Californian Gold, Mercury and Silver; Grass Valley, Nevada City, and the Northern Mines; The New Almaden Quicksilver Mine; The Southern Mines, The Mojave Desert, Death valley & Yosemite; The Copper and Iron Wilderness Of Upper Michigan; Colorado and the "Richest Square Mile On Earth"; Hunting Silver to the Death in Nevada; Beyond the Rockies to the Pacific North-West; Back to Copper, Utah, Montana, and Arizona.

Item: UB0138
Price: $39.50


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A Cornish Childhood

Author: A. L. Rowse 
Copyright: 1974 

Description: Hard cover, dust jacket, 282 pages, fully indexed. Book is excellent, dust jacket small 1/4" clean tear and very minor chipping. Green cloth gilt titles.

The story of an extraordinary boy and his rise from a working-class background to become one of the world's greatest Elizabethan scholars. Rich in descriptions of the traditions, feasts, tales and engaging characters of the author's beloved Cornwall.

Item: UB0139
Price: $17.50


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The Cornish Miner
An Account of His Life Above and Underground From Early Times

Author: A. K. Hamilton Jenkin 
Copyright: 1962

Description: Hard cover, dust jacket, 351 pages, B&W photographs, fully indexed. Dust jacket spine sunned, some chipping to dust jacket extremities, light foxing to title page, otherwise VG+

Contents in Nine Chapters: The Tinners Under the Stannaries, Streamers and Blowers, Above and Underground 1500 - 1800, Varying Fortunes of the Miners 1500 - 1800, Miners and Adventurers During the Great Revival, The Miner at Work 1800 - 1870, The Miner at Home 1800 - 1870, Fifty Years of Change in the Mines, and The Exodus of the Seventies and the Miner of Today.

Item: UB0140
Price: $43.80


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