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[CORNISH TRACTS]. Ode for the coronation, 19th july, 1821, recited at a public festival held on that day, in the town of penzance; Dedicated to all loyal subjects, and to The Inhabitants of that Town in particualr.

Penzance. Printed and sold by T. Vigurs, [1821]. First edition.

[Bound with:] BARRINGTON, [Daines]. [Drop-head title:] III. Mr. Barrington on some additional Information relative to the Continuance of the Cornish Language. In a Letter to John Lloyd, Esq. F. A. S. Read March 21, 1776. [s.i.], [s.n.], [1776]. 81-86pp. ESTC T190832.

[And:] [Drop-head title:] An Excellent New Ballad entitled The Cripple of Cornwall, Wherein is shewn his dissolate Life and deserved Death. To the Tune of the Blind Beggar. Single leaf broadside. Dimensions 320 x 270 mm. [London]. J. Pitts, [s.d., c. 1802-1819].

[And:] [WALLIS, John]. Outline or skeleton maps of the diocese of exeter. Part I. Containing, in thirteen plates, the archdeaconry and county of cornwall... Bodmin. Lithographed by Liddell and Son, 1825. First edition. [6]pp. With 13 lithographed plates.

[And:] [Drop-head title:] Davies gilbert, esq. m.p. president of the royal society. [s.i.] [s.n.], [1829]. 8pp. With an engraved portrait frontispiece.

[And:] PEACOCK, Edward. On the churchwardens' accounts of the parish of stratton, in the county of cornwall. London. Printed by J. B. Nichols and Sons, 1880. First edition. [2], 42pp.

[And:] GILBERT, Davies. On the expediency of assigning specific names to all such functions of simple elements as represent definite physical properties; with the suggestion of a new term in mechanics; illustrated by an investigation of the machine moved by recoil; and also by some observations on the steam engine. London. Printed by W. Nicol, 1827. First offprint edition. [2], 14pp.

[And:] GILBERT, Davies. On the progressive improvements made in the efficiency of steam engines in cornwall. London.. Printed by Richard Taylor, 1830. First offprint edition. [2], 121-132pp.

[And:] ENYS, John S. [Drop-head title:] Remarks on the Duty of the Steam Engines employed in the Mines of Cornwall at different periods. [s.i.] [s.n.], [1840]. 18pp. Extracted from the Transactions of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

[And:] RENDEL, J. M. To the rev. canon rogers. Report on the practicability of forming a harbour, at the mouth of the loe pool, in mount's bay, near helston, in the county of cornwall. Plymouth. Printed by J. B. Rowe, 1837. First edition. 16pp. Without the two folding plates.

[And:] BLIGHT, J. T. [Drop-head title:] An Account of remarkable Subterranean Chambers at Trelowarren, the Setat of Sir R. R. Vyvyan, Bart., in the County of Cornwall. [s.n.] [s.n.], [1866?] 6pp. With an engraved plate. Extracted from Archaeologia, Vol. XL.

[And:] BATE, C. Spence. The inscribed stones and ancient crosses of devon. Part I. [Plymouth?], [s.n.], [1874?] [3], 6-36pp. Numerous engraved illustrations in the text. Reprinted from the Journal of the Plymouth institution.

[And:] WILKINSON, Rev. John James [editor]. Receipts and expenses in the building of bodmin church, A.D. 1469 to 1471. [London]. Printed [by Nichols and Sons] for the Camden Society, 1874. vii, [1], 49pp, [1]. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor to head of title page.

[And:] HUTCHINSON, Aeneas Barkly. A monograph on the history and restoration of The Parish Church of S. Mary, Callington. London. J. Masters, 1861. 28pp. With three lithographed plates.

Quarto and 8vo. Contemporary half-calf, marbled paper boards, recently rebacked and recornered, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece. Extremities rubbed. Bookplate of Eric Quayle to FEP, both recent typed and earlier manuscript lists of content to front blank fly-leaves, later paper repairs to second and third mentioned works, primarily confined to margins, touching text in places without loss of sense, occasional spotting.
A sammelband of fourteen scarce tracts, predominantly nineteenth century, relating to Cornwall or authored by eminent Cornish men.
Highlights include:

- Daines Barrington's survey on the continued survival of the Cornish language, including an account of his meeting with Dolly Pentreath in 1774, whom he initially believed was the last person still speaking the language. A year after the death of Dolly in 1777, Barrington received a letter, written in Cornish and accompanied by an English translation, from a fisherman in Mousehole named William Bodinar, stating that he knew of five people who could speak Cornish in that village alone. Barrington also speaks of John Nancarrow of Marazion who was a native speaker and survived into the 1790's.

- An apparently unrecorded Penzance-printed patriotic ode published in celebration of the coronation of Queen Victoria.

- The second located copy of a morbid broadside ballad 'The Cripple of Cornwall'; a narrative in which a disabled highwayman, following an unsuccessful robbery, is seized and condemned to hang at the Exeter assize. OCLC and COPAC together record only a single copy (NLS).

- Two works by Cornish scientific administrator and applied mathematician Davies Gilbert (1767-1839), including a paper on the efficiency of steam engines.
Provenance: Eric Stanley Quayle (1921-2001), bibliophile, historian, and author; resident of Zennor Head, Cornwall.
£ 2,500.00 Antiquates Ref: 29383