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A Week in the Isles of Scilly
by I W North

ISBN: 978 185022 304 7
216x135mm - 180 pages

Introduction by Clive Mumford.

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The Church in Cornwall
by H Miles Brown

ISBN: 978 185022 306 1
216x135mm - 160 pages

REDUCED! Introduction by Joanna Mattingly.

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Samuel Kelly an eighteenth century seaman
by Crosbie Garstin

ISBN: 978 185022 303 0
216x135mm - 348 pages

REDUCED!  Samuel Kelly was born in St Ives, Cornwall in 1764. He was put to sea at the age of 14 and retired in maturity after many years service as the master of vessels belonging to just one Liverpool merchant.

This account covers his first seventeen years at sea from 1778-1795. It is not clear when the account was written, though we do know Kelly worked from journals kept at the time. It is clearly the work of an older man reflecting with some satisfaction on his formative years at sea.

The original manuscript was discovered in about 1920 by Mr J D Bridger, the Penzance bookseller. It ran to three hundred thousand words and Bridger described it as "intensely interesting if you cut out the psalm singing." He persuaded Crosbie Garstin, the celebrated author of the swashbuckling Penhale trilogy to edit it.

The book is reprinted with Crosbie Garstin's original introduction as well as a new introduction by Tony Pawlyn, a trustee of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. He writes in his introduction to this reprint, "Kelly certainly lived in interesting times, and over half of his early sea-going experience was gained while England was at war with one power or another...This fascinating book is both a refreshing account of an eighteenth century seaman and a revealing eighteenth century travelogue".