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Title: The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man Title Record # 21097
Author: Robert Paltock
Date: 1751-00-00
Type: NOVEL
Language: English
Note:
  • Originally published in two volumes, and often reprinted similarly in two volumes. However no single volume portion (excepting the Gutenberg first half) has been published singly.
  • Some data from Bleiler's "Science-Fiction: The Early Years", other data as sourced below.
  • The full text and images of the first edition Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available at Google Books sourced from The University of Michigan.
  • The full text and images of the first edition Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available at The HathiTrust Digital Library sourced from The University of Michigan.
  • There is some historical confusion as to the earliest publication date. The first edition volumes themselves appear to clearly state 1751 (MDCCLI), however it appears in a December Catalog from 1750. Possibly this was an early instance of items released early, or perhaps only evidence that it was advertised prior to the printed date of publication. Some historical discussion of this confusion can be seen on page 421 of the 1878 publication 'Bibliotheca Cornubiensis: P-Z'. In that same commentary there is discussion of evidence which suggests that the Anonymous authorship by "R. S." was a publication error, instead it may have been intended to be printed as by "R. P." based on manuscripts and contracts discovered in the mid 1800's. As additional supporting evidence, the Dedication is clearly signed as by "R. P.". Pages 421 and 422 at that link have an extensive bibliography of later printings, that may not all be recorded in the ISFDB.
  • Only volume one of the Reeves and Turner edition is on available at Project Gutenberg but it is from an unexpurgated edition.
  • Complete title is The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins; A Cornish Man however over the centuries the Canonical Title has been shortened, dropping "A Cornish Man".
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1751
  • Originally published in two volumes, and often reprinted similarly in two volumes. However no single volume portion (excepting the Gutenberg first half) has been published singly.
  • Some data from Bleiler's "Science-Fiction: The Early Years", other data as sourced below.
  • The full text and images of the first edition Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available at Google Books sourced from The University of Michigan.
  • The full text and images of the first edition Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available at The HathiTrust Digital Library sourced from The University of Michigan.
  • There is some historical confusion as to the earliest publication date. The first edition volumes themselves appear to clearly state 1751 (MDCCLI), however it appears in a December Catalog from 1750. Possibly this was an early instance of items released early, or perhaps only evidence that it was advertised prior to the printed date of publication. Some historical discussion of this confusion can be seen on page 421 of the 1878 publication 'Bibliotheca Cornubiensis: P-Z'. In that same commentary there is discussion of evidence which suggests that the Anonymous authorship by "R. S." was a publication error, instead it may have been intended to be printed as by "R. P." based on manuscripts and contracts discovered in the mid 1800's. As additional supporting evidence, the Dedication is clearly signed as by "R. P.". Pages 421 and 422 at that link have an extensive bibliography of later printings, that may not all be recorded in the ISFDB.
  • Only volume one of the Reeves and Turner edition is on available at Project Gutenberg but it is from an unexpurgated edition.
  • Complete title is The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins; A Cornish Man however over the centuries the Canonical Title has been shortened, dropping "A Cornish Man".
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man [as by R. S.]
1884 The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins
1914 Peter Wilkins
2007 The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I
2013 The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, A Cornish Man [as by Richard Paltock]
2016 The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, Vol. II

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
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, Whose Life He Preserv'd, and Afterwards Married Her; His Extraordinary Conveyance to the Country of Glums and Gawrys, or Men and Women That Fly. Likewise a Description of This Strange Country, with the Laws, Customs, and Manners of Its Inhabitants, and the Author's Remarkable Transactions Among Them. Taken from His Own Mouth, in His Passage to England, from Off Cape Horn in America, in the Ship Hector. With an Introduction, Giving an Account of the Surprizing Manner of His Coming on Board That Vessel, and his Death on His Landing at Plymouth in the Year 1739 1751-00-00 R. S. J. Robinson and R. Dodsley  
6/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
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287+
295
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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, Whose Life He Preserv'd, and Afterwards Married Her; His Extraordinary Conveyance to the Country of Glums and Gawrys, or Men and Women That Fly. Likewise a Description of This Strange Country, with the Laws, Customs, and Manners of Its Inhabitants, and the Author's Remarkable Transactions Among Them. Taken from His Own Mouth, in His Passage to England, from Off Cape Horn in America, in the Ship Hector. With an Introduction, Giving an Account of the Surprizing Manner of His Coming on Board That Vessel, and his Death on His Landing at Plymouth in the Year 1739 1751-00-00 R. S. George Faulkner      
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
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, Whose Life He Preserv'd, and Afterwards Married Her; His Extraordinary Conveyance to the Country of Glums and Gawrys, or Men and Women That Fly. Likewise a Description of This Strange Country, with the Laws, Customs, and Manners of Its Inhabitants, and the Author's Remarkable Transactions Among Them. Taken from His Own Mouth, in His Passage to England, from Off Cape Horn in America, in the Ship Hector. With an Introduction, Giving an Account of the Surprizing Manner of His Coming on Board That Vessel, and his Death on His Landing at Plymouth in the Year 1739 1784-00-00 R. S. Berwick     240+
240
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
Popular Romances: Consisting of Imaginary Voyages and Travels 1812-00-00 Henry Weber, Esq. John Ballantyne and Co.     xliii+
638
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
omni  
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man: Taken from His Own Mouth, in His Passage to England, from Off Cape Horn in America, in the Ship Hector 1844-04-00 R. S. John W. Parker  
3/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
263
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins 1884-00-00 Robert Paltock Reeves & Turner     xxxii+
272+
xii+
300
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
Peter Wilkins 1914-00-00 Robert Paltock E. P. Dutton (Everyman's Library) 676   352
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins 1928-00-00 Robert Paltock J. M. Dent     xxvii+
342
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins 1974-00-00 Robert Paltock Hyperion Press (Classics of Science Fiction) 0-88355-115-2
$10.95?$: US dollar
xxviii+
342
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel Checkmark
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins 1974-00-00 Robert Paltock Hyperion Press (Classics of Science Fiction) 0-88355-144-6
$4.50?$: US dollar
xxvii+
342
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
novel  
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man: Relating Particularly His Shipwreck Near the South Pole ... 1979-00-00 Robert Paltock Review Publications 0-909895-39-2   vii+
116
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
novel  
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins 1990-00-00 Robert Paltock Oxford University Press (Oxford World's Classics) 0-19-282704-9   xl+
388
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
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The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I 2007-05-17 Robert Paltock Project Gutenberg 21513    
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
novel  
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, A Cornish Man 2013-09-00 Richard Paltock Baen (The Ron Miller Science Fiction Classics Collection) 978-1-62579-060-6
$3.99?$: US dollar
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
novel Ron Miller  
The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, Vol. II 2016-05-02 Robert Paltock Project Gutenberg 51968
$0.00?$: US dollar
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
novel  
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