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 landing at Plymouth in the Year 1739. Illustrated with several CUTS, clearly and distinctly representing the Structure and Mechanism of the Wings of the Glums and Gawrys, and the Manner in which they use them either to swim or fly

TitleThe 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 landing at Plymouth in the Year 1739. Illustrated with several CUTS, clearly and distinctly representing the Structure and Mechanism of the Wings of the Glums and Gawrys, and the Manner in which they use them either to swim or fly
Year for Search1751
Authors[Paltock], [Robert](1697-1767)
Tertiary AuthorsR. S., a Passenger in the Hector [pseud.]
Date Published1751
PublisherJ. Robinson and R. Dodsley
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author
Annotation

Imaginary voyage which begins with a Robinsonade in which the man then meets and marries a winged woman. She then takes him to her homeland where the man introduces reforms, with, for example slavery being abolished and democratic procedures introduced.

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Rpt. Dublin. Ireland: George Faulkner, 1751; in Popular Romances: Consisting of Imaginary Voyages and Travels. Containing Gulliver’s Travels, Journey to the World Under Ground, The Life and Adventure of Peter Wilkins, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, and The History of Automathes. To Which is Prefixed An Introductory Dissertation by Henry Weber, Esq. (Edinburgh, Scot.: Ptd. by James Ballantyne and Co., 1812), 201-348 [Probably the first anthology of utopias]; rpt. with very slight changes in the title and illus. D. H. Friston. London: John Dick, [1861]; with an “Introduction” by A. H. B. (vii-xiii). London: J. M. Dent/New York: E. P. Dutton, [1915]; with the same “Introduction” (vii-xiii) illus. Edward Bawden. London: J. M. Dent/New York: E. P. Dutton, 1928; Westport, CT: Hyperion Press, 1974; Ed. Christopher Bentley. Oxford, Eng.: Oxford University Press, 1973 with an “Introduction” (ix-xviii) and “Explanatory Notes” (383-88); rev. ed. ed. Bentley with a new “Introduction (vii-xxxiii) by James Grantham Turner and “Explanatory Notes” (383-88) by Bentley. Oxford, Eng.: Oxford University Press, 1990; New York: Garland, 1974; and in Modern British Utopias 1700-1850. Ed. Gregory Claeys. 8 vols. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1997), 2: 143-410, which reprints the first edition.

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A few copies were distributed in December 1750 and dated 1750.  A play very loosely based on the novel was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, April 16th 1827 and published as Peter Wilkins; or, The Flying Islanders: A Melo-Dramatic Spectacle in Two Acts. Lacey’s Acting Edition 374. London: Thomas Hailes Lacey, [c 1850?]. Other versions of the play with various authors given were published in 1846, 1860, and 1888.

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By R. S. a Passenger in the Hector [pseud.]

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Author Note

(1697-1767)

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1751 [Paltock, Robert] (1697-1767). 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 landing at Plymouth in the Year 1739. Illustrated with several CUTS, clearly and distinctly representing the Structure and Mechanism of the Wings of the Glums and Gawrys, and the Manner in which they use them either to swim or fly. By R. S. a Passenger in the Hector [pseud.]. Illus [Louis Philippe] Boitard. London: J. Robinson and R. Dodsley [A few copies were distributed in December 1750 and dated 1750]. Rpt. Dublin. Ireland: George Faulkner, 1751; in Popular Romances: Consisting of Imaginary Voyages and Travels. Containing Gulliver’s Travels, Journey to the World Under Ground, The Life and Adventure of Peter Wilkins, The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, and The History of Automathes. To Which is Prefixed An Introductory Dissertation by Henry Weber, Esq. (Edinburgh, Scot.: Ptd. by James Ballantyne and Co., 1812), 201-348 [Probably the first anthology of utopias]; rpt. with very slight changes in the title and illus. D. H. Friston. London: John Dick, [1861]; with an “Introduction” by A. H. B. (vii-xiii). London: J. M. Dent/New York: E. P. Dutton, [1915]; with the same “Introduction” (vii-xiii) illus. Edward Bawden. London: J. M. Dent/New York: E. P. Dutton, 1928; Westport, CT: Hyperion Press, 1974; Ed. Christopher Bentley. Oxford, Eng.: Oxford University Press, 1973 with an “Introduction” (ix-xviii) and “Explanatory Notes” (383-88); rev. ed. ed. Bentley with a new “Introduction (vii-xxxiii) by James Grantham Turner and “Explanatory Notes” (383-88) by Bentley. Oxford, Eng.: Oxford University Press, 1990; New York: Garland, 1974; and in Modern British Utopias 1700-1850. Ed. Gregory Claeys. 8 vols. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1997), 2: 143-410, which reprints the first edition. A play very loosely based on the novel was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, April 16th 1827 and published as Peter Wilkins; or, The Flying Islanders: A Melo-Dramatic Spectacle in Two Acts. Lacey’s Acting Edition 374. London: Thomas Hailes Lacey, [c 1850?]. Other versions of the play with various authors given were published in 1846, 1860, and 1888. L, O, PSt

Imaginary voyage which begins with a Robinsonade in which the man then meets and marries a winged woman. She then takes him to her homeland where the man introduces reforms, with, for example slavery being abolished and democratic procedures introduced.