Scrapbook entitled 'Lightning and other Records.'

Commander James Liddell, Royal Navy, of Bodmin, Cornwall [thunder and lightning; thunderstorms; natural phenomena; meteorology; the weather]
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SKU: 6134

Small quarto of around forty pages, covered in easily in excess of a hundred press cuttings, primarily relating to lightning strikes, thunder storms and other natural phenomena. Internally loose but in reasonable condition, but externally in need of attention: the heavily worn original quarter-binding, has the leather spine worn away. Manuscript label, in Liddell's hand, laid down on the marbled front board. Several of the cuttings reproduce letters from Lidddell himself, the first, dated 'Bodmin, Dec. 26, 1860' and marked 'Proof slip', addressed 'To the Editor of the Royal Cornwall Gazette', describing 'the fearful thunder storm of last Wednesday and the damage done to Kenwyn Tower and Church'. Also a letter, marked in manuscript 'W[est]. Briton My Letters on Wrecking, April 17, 1863'. Includes, laid down on three pages, a 'Plan of S. Michael's Mount & the course of lightning Feby 3, 1866 forwarded by Mr Small Feb 7th, 1866'. Some entries in manuscript, including a pencil sketch entitled 'Bodmyn, 17th century. From an ancient sketch of the Priory, Church & steeple of Bodmin Church, with Berry Town, a little altered to approach the vraisemblable! The steeple was destroyed by lighning Decr 24 1699'.