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Cousin Jack Afloat and Ashore and Other Poems - John T. Barber

Privately Printed, 1969, Paperback ..
Condition: Good+. Wraps a little faded and soiled otherwise a very well presented copy.

First in this, paperback, edition. From the author’s preface: “THE older and more attractive part of St. Ives is appropriately known as “Down-a-long”. This comprises a narrow low-lying neck of land which extends westward to a quaint little cobbled street called The Digey, and eastward to a beautiful, and as yet, unspoiled headland, known locally as The Island. On the South side of “Down-a-long” lies our picturesque little Harbour, now sadly depleted of its large, and, more or less, prosperous fishing fleet of former days. The Atlantic itself forms the Northern boundary of the isthmus, spending its restless energy upon the lovely sands of Porthmeor. The little streets of “Down-a-long” are as quaint and fascinating as their names — Carncrowse, Carnglaze, Teetotal Street and Wheal Dream, to mention but a few. Such is the setting for the subject matter of sections One and Two of this little book; throughout which I have endeavoured to convey, a reflection of the life, character and atmosphere, of a typically Cornish, sea-bred community. All the stories are based on actual incidents, except perhaps, the legends, quips and John Stone’s “Other Man”, the latter for which I would neither vouch, nor venture to refute — all things being possible with John Stone. Ten of the pieces are songs which I hope shortly to publish in their musical setting. Section Three, “The Quiet Corner” embraces a broader theme, and should be of equal interest to people anywhere.”
Size: 8" x 6½"
Number of Pages: 70

£6.50 (Now Sold)