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18 ff. Rebound in half vellum with a previous, brown-paper, ? upper cover bound in at the end.
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The volume was missing from the Hengwrt Library when Aneurin Owen compiled his catalogue in 1824 (see Transactions of the Cymmrodorion . . ., vol. II, 1828, pp. 403-16; and Archaeologia Cambrensis . . ., 1871, pp. 129-39).
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A seventeenth century manuscript with a previous, brown-paper, ? upper cover bound in at the end. Ff. 1 recto-8 recto contain extracts from, and abstracts of sections of, a text of the Welsh translation of Geoffrey of Monmouth's 'Historia Regum Britanniae', i.e., 'Brut y Brenhinedd'. These extracts and abstracts, according to the superscription to f. 1 recto, are 'O Lyfr manachlog dinas Basing a scrivenassai Guttun Owain, herwydd y dywedir, . . . ar llyfr me[m] brwn sydd eiddo Mr. Rob[er]t Dauies o Wisane yn sir y Flint' [i.e., the manuscript generally known as 'Llyfr Du Basing' ('The Black Book of Basingwerk'), which, at the time of compiling the present volume, was in the possession of Robert Davies, esq., of Gwysaney, co. Flint, and is now NLW MS 7006D]. Ff. 9 recto-14 verso contain extracts from, and abstracts of sections of, a text of the version of the Welsh chronicle 'Brut y Tywysogion' known as 'Brenhinedd y Saeson'. These, too, according to the superscription to f. 9 recto, are from the same manuscript source as the contents of ff. 1-8 ('Hyn sydd yn calyn (sic) a dynwyd o lyfr manachlog Dinas Basing wedi ysgrivennu yn deg ar vemrwn a flaw, herwydd y dywedir, Gutun Owain, yr hwn lyfr sydd eiddo Mr. Rob[er]t Davies, esqr., o Wisane yn sir y Pint'). The superscriptions and texts are in the hand of the Welsh antiquary Robert Vaughan of Hengwrt, co. Merioneth (see T. Jones (ed.): Brut y Tywysogyon . . . Peniarth MS 20 Version . . . (Cardiff, 1952), pp. xviii-xix). Ff. 15-18 are blank and the previous, brown-paper cover is inscribed in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') 'Copy of Llannerch MS. by Robert Vaughan, Esqr., of Hengwrt'. There are also a few marginal notes in Edward Williams's hand. The present volume is probably the item listed by William Maurice in his catalogue of the Hengwrt Library, 1658, as 'Membr. lxxxviii. Noates out of ye Booke of Basingwerke. O law Robert Vaughan. Folio Ten[au]' (see Wynnstay MS.10 in the National Library of Wales, f. 255). The volume was missing from the Hengwrt Library when Aneurin Owen compiled his catalogue in 1824 (see Transactions of the Cymmrodorion . . ., vol. II, 1828, pp. 403-16; and Archaeologia Cambrensis . . ., 1871, pp. 129-39). A transcript of the contents in the hand of Edward Williams is to be found in British Museum Add. MS 15003, pp. 1-51 (see T. Jones: op. cit., p. xxvi).
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The description is also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).
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See T. Jones (ed.): Brut y Tywysogyon . . . Peniarth MS 20 Version . . . (Cardiff, 1952), pp. xviii-xix.
Title based on contents.
Formerly known as Llanover B. 15.
Preferred citation: NLW MS 13074D.
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- Gutun Owain, fl. 1450-1498 (Subject)
- Davies, Robert, 1616-1666 (Subject)
- Vaughan, Robert, 1592-1667 (Subject)
- Geoffrey, of Monmouth, Bishop of St. Asaph, 1100?-1154 (Subject)