NLW MS 21895C.
Account of Wales,
- [1561x1571] / (Creation)
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38 ff. (blank from f. 30) ; 265 x 205 mm. Contemporary calf binding, rebacked, with gilt central lozenges, panels and corner-ornaments. Silk ties. Leaves of an early printed book in the binding.
Name of creator
Book-plate of James Burrow of the Inner Temple.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction, lot 15; 28 March 1983
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An unpublished historical and topographical account of Wales by John Gwynne of Llanidloes, co. Montgomery, Surveyor of North Wales and servant to Sir William Herbert, first Earl of Pembroke, the author's presentation copy to Sir William Cecil (later Lord Burghley), with a correction in Cecil's hand on f. 8 verso. The text, in English apart from Latin sub-headings, with marginal notes, is written in alternating Secretary and Italic scripts and is preceded by a dedicatory letter (f. 3 recto-verso). Folios 8-11 verso carry thirty-four coats of arms; and f. 20 verso carries a plan of the Welsh royal court similar to the illustrations found in BL Add. MS 22356 and NLW Llanstephan MS 116. A transcript of the same text, contained in Cardiff MS 3.11 (RMWL MS 50), pp. 27-94, has been published in Archaeologia Cambrensis 1915.
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The contents of NLW MSS 21701-22852 are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 8 (Aberystwyth, 1999).
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Title based on contents.
Preferred citation: NLW MS 21895C.
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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales
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This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.
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