File NLW MS 9B - David Jones (Dewi Fardd): Caneuon a baledi

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David Jones (Dewi Fardd): Caneuon a baledi


  • 1736-1755 (Creation)

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i-x, 3-698 pp. (first page missing) ; 200 x 156 mm.


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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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Formerly in the collection of Egerton Grenville Bagot Phillimore.

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A collection of Welsh songs and ballads written, 1736-1755, by David Jones (Dewi Fardd) of Trefriw. Many of the songs were afterwards printed by David Jones in Blodeugerdd Cymru (1759; second edn 1779). A modern index to the poets has been inserted at p. v.

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Item: 1.1 Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 9A). Action: Condition reviewed. Action identifier: 4283218. Date: 20020627. Authorization: Selected for conservation. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: J. Thomas. Status: Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 9A) : Leather cap split, 550 leaves have damaged edges. Institution: WlAbNL.

Item: 1.2 Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 9A). Action: Conserved. Action identifier: 4283218. Date: 20030923. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: J. Jenkins. Status: Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 9A) : Repaired 550 leaf edges. Institution: WlAbNL.


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Creator ref. no.: Williams MS 209


Preferred citation: NLW MS 9B

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  • Text: NLW MS 9B.