Ancient Westcountry Families and Their Armorial Bearings
J A D Bridger, Penzance / Private. 1916, First Edition. Hardcover. 301 pages (complete). An extensively personalised copy. Formerly owned by William Coulsdon Tregarthen of Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, who was tirelessly eager, together with his family, to establish, mark, record and have recognised their name and lineage as one of the great historical families of Cornwall. This inexhaustible activity led to lengthy correspondence with Rev Williams (the author). Three letters from Williams are pasted into the book. Also, many, many annotations, notations, recordings were made in the book. Also pasted are many press clippings regarding family affairs, and the two bells Coulsdon Tregarthen had installed and rung in his local parish church (St Michaels and All Angels). The front pastedown has Coulsdon Tregarthen's (newly approved) arms, knight's helmet and all. The book was eventually donated to Queen's Town Public Library as part of his bequest. The library consequently stamped their mark here and there throughout the book. Thankfully, they also preserved all of the letters, clippings etc Tregarthen had inserted. Twixt pp 168/169 a souvenir copy of the order sheet for the "Dedication of the Two Tregarthen Bells - Advent Sunday, December 2nd, 1923 at 11am, in Ringers' Chamber" is affixed. A photograph of one of the bells is affixed to the rear of an illustration plate at page 223. Envelopes addressed to Tregarthen by Rev Williams, plus a card signed by him are also included. The book was clearly treasured, and gave much pleasure. It is possible to still feel the personal thrill, enthusiasm and passion of the owner. The boards have a clear plastic protective cover. The boards themselves, have wear, scuffing, handling and shelving marks all about. They are steady and comfortable. As to be expected, the contents have evidence of consistent use throughout (there are annotations and markings for example). The pages are contented, clean, clear, certain, benevolent, assiduous, evidently privately produced, neat, very confident. fk. Our orders are shipped using tracked courier delivery services. Good/No Jacket. Signed.
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