File Peniarth MS 151 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Brith-waith,

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  • 1638. (Creation)

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94 ff. (ff. i-viii + 1-80 + pp. ix-xiv). Folios i-iii are modern paper fly-leaves, ff. iv-vii and pp. ix-xiv fly-leaves of [17 cent.] ; 191 x 141 to 192 x 143 mm. Quarto. ‘Sewn, with thick leather covers’ [RMWL]; rebound at NLW, the original covers bound in.

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Folios iv–vii and pp. ix–xiv are old fly-leaves, binder’s waste, all taken from a folio manuscript containing notes in Latin in a good hand, [16 cent., second ½] on a Greek text. Among many names inscribed on these leaves are: Lewis Morris [Maurice; father of William Maurice], 1638 (f. vii verso); William Johns and Hugh Konwy Fychan ‘o fryn euryn’, [mid-17cent.] (f. vii); Morris Cadwalad, ‘his booke’, 1709 (f. viii), ‘Llyfr Evan Lloyd a rodd Morris Cadwalad iddo’, 1726 (f. viii). Other names, [17-18 cent.] are Edward Williams (f. vi recto-verso) and Edward Richards (f. 80 verso). Used by Thomas Lloyd [‘I’ in his Explicatio].

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‘Brith-waith ... William Morris 1638’ (f. viii, title-page), a collection of cywyddau and englynion, of [14-17 cent.], in the early hand of William Maurice (also signed and dated on f. 32). On ff. 56 verso–57 he experiments with italic script. His contents list is on f. viii verso. A few variant readings and notes are added in his later hand.

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Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.

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A detailed list of the manuscript's contents may be found in J. Gwenogvryn Evans, Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, vol. I (London, 1898-1905), 924-926.

Description based on Daniel Huws, A Repertory of Manuscripts and Scribes c.800-c.1800, vol. I (Aberystwyth, 2022), 400.

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Digital version available (April 2024)

Available on microfilm at the Library.

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Formerly Hengwrt MS 193. The number ‘192’ on fol. iv is in error for ‘193’; the Hengwrt number 193 is on the label laid down inside the old cover (there replacing ‘488’).


Preferred citation: Peniarth MS 151 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].


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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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October 2023.




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Description revised by Maredudd ap Huw.

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