Fonds GB 0210 MSFREDAV - Frederick Davies (John Cowper Powys) manuscripts

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Frederick Davies (John Cowper Powys) manuscripts


  • 1962-[c. 1986] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

5 volumes

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Name of creator

Biographical history

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).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Bloomsbury Book Auctions; London; Purchased at auction (together with NLW ex 1549-1553), lot 234; 24 June 1993.

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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Lucy Amelia Penny, Marie Canavaggia and others, 1962-1986; letters to Powys on his ninetieth birthday, 1962; and an unpublished account of the love affair between Powys and Frances Gregg, [c. 1986].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.

Language of material

  • English
  • French

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, some French.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

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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Related units of description

See also NLW ex 1549 (printed matter relating to John Cowper Powys), 1550-1553 (transcripts of Powys's diaries), NLW, John Cowper Powys and Phyllis Playter manuscripts.

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Title based on contents of fonds.

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Institution identifier

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

January 2016


  • English



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).

Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys M. Jones.

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