- [16 cent., second ½] (Creation)
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v, 171 ff. (original foliation 1-170; number 167 not used) ; 195 x 145 mm.
Binding, mid XIX cent., by Stamper; green morocco gilt, five raised bands with 'Caradoc. History of Wales. Autograph MS. by T. Powell.' in gold on spine; arms of the 4th duke of Newcastle stamped in gold on front cover.
Name of creator
Signature of Thomas Powell on f. 170 verso (cf. NLW Roll 11); signature of Charles Fairfax (1597-1673) on f. iii verso and 'Liber C Fairfax' on f. iv. Lot 1144 in the Clumber Sale, Sotheby's, 15 February 1939 (see also NLW MSS 11610D-11C, 11700E, 14699B-700A), and bought by the 12th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, whose armorial book-plate is inside front cover.
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Sotheby's (lot 34); London; Purchase; 1993
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Scope and content
A volume, second half of XVI cent., probably in the hand of Thomas Powell (d. 1588), Parc y Drewen, Whittington, co. Salop, containing a much shortened text of Humphrey Lhuyd's English version of Brut y Tywysogion, upon which version David Powel based his Historie of Cambria, now called Wales ... (London, 1584) (see Brut y Tywysogion ... ed. Thomas Jones (Cardiff, 1952), pp. xiv-xviii. Omissions mainly involve passages relating to events outside Wales, church affairs and the papacy, anecdotes, explanations of Welsh personal and place-names, and the arguments against Polydore Vergil). Also included are a pedigree of the kings and princes of North Wales from Cadwaladr to Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (ff. iv-v verso), a painted coat of arms of Cadwaladr (f. 1), and an index of personal and place-names (ff. 168-70 verso). Six lines of English verse are added in a contemporary hand on f. 171 verso.
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Existence and location of copies
Three other copies are known: BL, MS Cotton Caligula A VI; Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum MS 847; and NLW, Llanstephan MS 177.
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Title based on contents.
Preferred citation: NLW MS 23202B
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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003).
Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.