This is a narrative history of the Cornish miner, his life and working conditions above and underground, from pre-Roman times to the twentieth century. It shows how the early worker, half tinner, half farmer, became the latter day "tributer" and the unique position which both held under "Stannary" Law. It shows the miner's character in the earlier days of wrecking and smuggling, and the changes wrought by the coming of Wesley to Cornwall. Changes to the industry are traced: the introduction of gunpowder and steam, the deepening of the mines and its effect on the workmen, the discovery of copper. The lives of Cornish miners in America and South Africa are also described.
Condition: Spine creased and faded, crease to back cover, some fading to covers, otherwise light wear only, pages clean and intact, binding strong, a good presentable copy.