PALTOCK (ROBERT) The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man: Relating Particularly, His Shipwreck near the South Pole; His Wonderful Passage thro' a Subterraneous Cavern into a Kind of New World; His There Meeting with a Gawry or Flying Woman... His Extraordinary Conveyance to the Country of Glums and Gawrys, or Men and Women That Fly... Taken from his Own Mouth, in his Passage to England from off Cape Horn in American, in the Ship Hector... by R.S. a Passenger in the Hector, 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, J. Robinson, 1751 [but 1750]

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PALTOCK (ROBERT)
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man: Relating Particularly, His Shipwreck near the South Pole; His Wonderful Passage thro' a Subterraneous Cavern into a Kind of New World; His There Meeting with a Gawry or Flying Woman... His Extraordinary Conveyance to the Country of Glums and Gawrys, or Men and Women That Fly... Taken from his Own Mouth, in his Passage to England from off Cape Horn in American, in the Ship Hector... by R.S. a Passenger in the Hector, 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, J. Robinson, 1751 [but 1750]

Sold for £ 1,625 (US$ 2,154) inc. premium
[PALTOCK (ROBERT)]
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man: Relating Particularly, His Shipwreck near the South Pole; His Wonderful Passage thro' a Subterraneous Cavern into a Kind of New World; His There Meeting with a Gawry or Flying Woman... His Extraordinary Conveyance to the Country of Glums and Gawrys, or Men and Women That Fly... Taken from his Own Mouth, in his Passage to England from off Cape Horn in American, in the Ship Hector... by R.S. a Passenger in the Hector, 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, 6 engraved plates by Louis Pierre Boitard (one folding, plate 5 trimmed just touching caption title above image), woodcut ornaments, lacking 4pp. publisher's advertisements and blank A12 in volume 1, contemporary calf gilt [Sabin 58394], 8vo, J. Robinson, 1751 [but 1750]

Footnotes

  • First edition of a novel of cosmic voyage featuring winged men and women (finely rendered in Boitard's illustrations), which "was admired by Coleridge, Southey, Shelley, Leigh Hunt, Charles Lamb, and others of their generation; it provided material for pantomimes and melodramas from 1800 to the 1870s" (DSB).

    Provenance: Thomas Kynnersley, eighteenth century ownership inscription on titles.
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PALTOCK (ROBERT) The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man: Relating Particularly, His Shipwreck near the South Pole; His Wonderful Passage thro' a Subterraneous Cavern into a Kind of New World; His There Meeting with a Gawry or Flying Woman... His Extraordinary Conveyance to the Country of Glums and Gawrys, or Men and Women That Fly... Taken from his Own Mouth, in his Passage to England from off Cape Horn in American, in the Ship Hector... by R.S. a Passenger in the Hector, 2 vol., FIRST EDITION, J. Robinson, 1751 [but 1750]
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