File NLW MS 3107B. - Amseryddiaeth a Barddoniaeth

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NLW MS 3107B.


Amseryddiaeth a Barddoniaeth


  • 1598-[18 cent.] (Creation)

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54 ff. (paginated/foliated 1-96) ; 205 x 150 mm.

Repaired and re-bound at NLW, 1962. Old covers, comprising deeds (temp. Elizabeth I) relating to Denbighshire and containing also some Welsh text, are preserved separately.

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Despite a not insubstantial literary output, David Jones ('Dewi Fardd') did not earn much repute as a poet, though he is noted for editing poetic anthologies such as Blodeu Gerdd Cymry (1759). In 1776 he established an extensive and successful printing press at Trefriw. The business was continued by his son Ishmael Davies, his grandson John Jones ('Pyll Glan Conwy') - who transferred the press to Llanrwst in 1825 - and his great-grandson Owen Evan(s) Jones, who traded under the name of 'O. Evans-Jones & Co.' David Jones was also a keen and diligent collector of ancient Welsh manuscripts, many of which have since been deposited at the British Library and the National Library of Wales.

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Messrs. B. Quaritch; Purchase (from Hodgson's Sale); December 1940.

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A commonplace book containing prognostications, weather lore, chronology, calendars, a table of Easter dates for 1600-1701 compiled by Rice Jones in 1598, an account of the English alphabet, historical 'englynion', and miscellaneous verse. The volume belonged in the eighteenth century to David Jones, Trefriw, who copied into it extracts from William Salesbury: A Dictionary in Englyshe and Welshe ... and from the almanacks of Thomas Jones, and some genealogical memoranda.

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  • Welsh

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 3107B.


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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


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