GB 0210 MSFREDAV
Frederick Davies (John Cowper Powys) manuscripts
- 1962-[c. 1986] (Creation)
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Name of creator
Frederick Herbert Davies (1916-1990) of Birkenhead was a schoolmaster, novelist, bookseller, translator of Goldoni, Daudet and others, and Fellow Commoner of Churchill College, Cambridge. He became acquainted with John Cowper Powys and Phyllis Playter in 1962, by which time they were living in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Davies continued to correspond with, and visit, Playter until her death and went on to publish The Diary of John Cowper Powys 1930, ed. by Frederick Davies (London, 1987).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Bloomsbury Book Auctions; London; Purchased at auction (together with NLW ex 1549-1553), lot 234; 24 June 1993.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Papers, 1962-[c. 1986], of Frederick Davies, relating to John Cowper Powys, including letters to Davies from Phyllis Playter, Alyse Gregory, Lucy Amelia Penny, Marie Canavaggia and others, 1962-1986; letters to Powys on his ninetieth birthday, 1962; and an unpublished account of the love affair between Powys and Frances Gregg, [c. 1986].
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 23193-23197.
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Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions set out in information provided when applying for their Readers' Tickets, whereby the reader shall become responsible for compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to any processing by them of personal data obtained from modern records held at the Library.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
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Language and script notes
English, some French.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
The contents are indexed in greater detail in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, vol. 9 (Aberystwyth, 2003).
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Title based on contents of fonds.
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Description control area
Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales
Rules and/or conventions used
Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Dates of creation revision deletion
The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: The Diary of John Cowper Powys 1930, ed. by Frederick Davies (London, 1987); Bloomsbury Book Auctions sale catalogue, Sale 208 (1993).
Description compiled by Rhys M. Jones.