This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII CORNISH HUMOUR Native humour--Deceptive signs--Adventures in search of humour--Irish and Cornish expression--A ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII CORNISH HUMOUR Native humour--Deceptive signs--Adventures in search of humour--Irish and Cornish expression--A traveller in a stony country--The stone-digger--Taking you literally--The danger of using figures of speech--Anecdotes--The Cornish funny man--English and Cornish humour--Unconscious humour of two kinds--A woman preacher--A story of Brett the artist--Examples of unconscious humour--A local preacher--An old man and a parrot--Children's humour--Guize-dancing. IT is permissible to a writer once in a lifetime to illustrate his work by an allusion to that celebrated "Chapter on Snakes," in an island in which these reptiles are not found. But I am not saying that there is no humour in Cornwall. There may be such a thing; but if you meet with it you will find that it is of the ordinary sort, only of an inferior quality, and that there is very little. What I can say is there is no Cornish humour, no humour of the soil and race, as there is an Irish and a Scotch humour, and even as there is an English humour, which may be of a poor description in comparison with the Hibernian, but is humour nevertheless, native and local, and not confined to Dorset and Warwickshire but to be met with in every county from the Tamar to the Tweed. This came as a great surprise to me since I had often read in books and articles about the county that the Cornish are a humorous folk, and those who have been there and profess to know the people say that it is so. Their humour, like their imagination (for they are also credited with that faculty), is sometimes vaguely described as of the Celtic sort. My surprise was all the greater when I came and saw the people and received confirmation, as I imagined, through the sense of sight of all I had been...
Fair. The dust jacket is missing from this hard cover item. The boards are heavily worn with bumping to the corners and spine ends. The pages are secure to the binding. There is light tanning and some foxing. There is a personal detail inside front cover. GRADED COMMENSURATE WITH AGE OF BOOK. Major signs of wear and tear. Very well read. Reading copy only. Not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere ALL BOOKS POSTED NEXT WORKING DAY.
Fair in None jacket. Hardcover. No dust jacket. Worn at the extremities. Chipped at the top of the spine. Pages clean but tanned at the edges of the text block. Nicely printed on laid paper. This is a reading/binding copy--buy it for the information rather than the appearance. Ships in a box. Ships from NYC.
Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo. xii, 307 pp. Offsetting to endpapers, cloth a little buckled, spine a little faded, some light edgewear, but on the whole a very good copy. First in this edition. "File copy" stamped on front free endpaper.
Good. No Dust Jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Text unmarked. Tanning to spine. Front hinge cracked, but binding still secure. Pencil markings to upper right corner of front free endpage. Boards lightly bumped and shelf worn at corners, edges and spine ends. Surface scratch to rear board. Quantity Available: 1. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 147113.
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