I like going to the source of things and not just rely on what others say about something. Therefore, when looking for what culture my ancestors grew up in in 19th C Cornwall, I looked for books on that subject and found some classics.
I rely on William Bottrell, Robert Hunt, Margaret Coutney, and A K Hamilton Jekin the most. But there are lots of other books and there are gems in Enys Tregarthern and Ruth Manning–Sanders. Even Rudyard Kipling has a bittersweet contribution.
I was also fortunate to run across a microfilm at the Sate University of New York of Moses Pitts story of Ann Jeffries of Cornwall. I also found a very obscure work on the legendary island of Ictus and the ancient Cornish tin trade.
I found some interesting legends about Josepg of Arimethea and the boy jesus preaching to Cornish miners, in Cornwall. Of course, these may be legend, but they are interesting and food for speculative thought.
I have correct some errors, eliminated some titles, and added others. The bibliography is arranged with books with no authors first followed by books arranged by author last name.
Bibliograpghy of Cornish Folklore and Culture
Cornwall Illustrated in a Series of Views, of Castles, Seats of Nobility, Mines, Picturesque Scenery, Towns, Public Buildings, Churches, Antiquities, &c. London: Fisher & Son, 1831.
Devon: the Shire of the Sea Kings. Fifth edition. London: Great Western Railway Co, 1926.
England: the West Country. London: Michelin Tyre Public Limited Company, no date.
Notes and Queries, Fifth Series, Volume Tenth. London: John Francis, 1878.
Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). A Book of Folklore. London: W Collins & Co LTD, 1913.
Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). A Book of the West, Volume II. Cornwall. London: Methuen & Co, 1899.
Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). Brittany. New York: Robert M McBride & Co, 1930.
Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). Cornish Characters and Strange Events. London / New York: , 1909.
Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). Curious Myths of the Middle Ages. London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green and Co, 1906.
Baring-Gould, Rev. Sabine, M.A. (1834–1924). The Lives of the Saints. Edinburgh: John Grant, 1914.
Barton, R. M., Editor. Life In Cornwall in the Mid Nineteenth Century.
D. Bradford Barton Ltd., Truro, 1971.
Bottrell, William (1816–1881). Tradition and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, Series 1. Penzance: Published by the author, 1870.
Bottrell, William (1816–1881). Tradition and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, Series 2. Penzance: Published by the author, 1873.
Magic: An Occult Primer. England: The Aquarian Press, 1988.
Grafton, Carol Belanger, ed. Illuminated Initials In Full Color. New York: Dover Publications, Inc, 1995.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard (1820 –1889). Rambles in Western Cornwall by the Footsteps of Giants, with Notes on the Celtic Remains of the Land’s End District, and the Islands of Scilly. No location: No publisher, 1861.
Hazlitt, W Carew (1834–1913). Faiths and Folklore: A Dictionary of National Beliefs, Superstitions and Popular Customs, Past and Current, With Their Classical and Foreign Analogues, Described and Illustrated. Two volumes. London: Reeves and Turner, 1905.
Hunt, Robert, F.R.S (1807–1887). The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall (Popular Romances of the West of England), Second Series. London: John Camden Hotten, 1865.
Jenkin, Alfred Kenneth Hamilton. , Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur Thomas (1863–1944), introduction. Cornwall and Its People: Cornish Seafarers. Cornwall and the Cornish: Cornwall Homes and Customs. Illustrated. London: J M Dent & Sons Ltd, 1934.
Jenkin, Alfred Kenneth Hamilton. Cornwall and the Cornish: the Story. Religion, and Folk-lore of ‘the Western Land’. London: J M Dent & Sons Ltd, 1933.
Manning-Sanders, Ruth (1886–1988). The West of England. London: B T Batsford, Ltd, 1949.
Matthews, John (1948– ), ed. A Glastonbury Reader: Selections From the Myths, Legends and Stories of Ancient Avalon. London: HarperCollins, Publishers / The Aquarian Press, 1991.
Polwhele, Rev. Richard. Traditions and Recollections, Volume 1. London: John Nichols and Son, 1826.
Racinet, Auguste. Full Color Picture Sourcebook of Historic Ornament / All 120 Plates from “L’Ornament Polychrome,” Series II. New York: Dover Publications, Inc, 1989.
Stone, John Frederick Matthias Harris, M.A. England’s Riviera: A Topographical and Archæological Description of Land’s End, Cornwall and Adjacent Spots of Beauty and Interest. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co Ltd, 1912.
Tregarthen, Enys (1851–1923). Nannie Preston, illustrator. The House Of The Sleeping Winds. London: Rebman Limited, undated but possibly 1911.