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Amlyn ac Amic

A draft, [1840]-[1841] (watermark 1839), of 'The Companionship of Amlyn and Amic...', in the autograph of Charlotte Guest, being her translation into English of 'Kedymdeithas Amlyn ac Amic' from the Red Book of Hergest.

Bertie family history

Extracts in the hand of Charlotte Bertie, [early 1830s] (watermarks 1829), from various printed books, relating to the history of the Bertie family.
The works quoted are: a) Anthony à Wood, Athenae Oxoniensis… [and] the Fasti…, New edition by Philip Bliss (London, 1813-1820) (ff. 1-49, 82); b) An Historical and Descriptive Account of Lincolnshire (London, 1828) (ff. 51-54); c) William Camden, Annales: The True and Royall History of the Famous Empresse Elizabeth, Queene of England, France and Ireland, &c, translated by Abraham Darcie (London, 1625) (ff. 55-62); d) Richard Perrinchiefe, The Royal Martyr; or, The Life and Death of King Charles I (London, 1662) (f. 63); e) Imitations of Original Drawings by Hans Holbein in the Collection of his Majesty, for the Portraits of Illustrious Persons of the Court of Henry VIII, ed. by John Chamberlaine (London, 1792-[1800]) (ff. 65-74); f) Nicholas Harris Nicolas, The Siege of Carlaverock, in the XXVIII of Edward I… (London, 1828) (ff. 75-78); g) Thomas Fuller, The History of the Worthies of England, 2 vols (London, 1811) (ff. 79-81, 83-91); h) Nicholas Harris Nicolas, A Synopsis of the Peerage of England, 2 vols (London, 1825) (ff. 93-98); j) David Erskine Baker, Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse, 2 vols (London, 1782) (f. 99); k) Lucy Hutchinson, Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, ed. by the Rev. Julius Hutchinson (London, 1806) (ff. 101-102); l) part of 'A poem on the Civil War, begun in the year 1641' by Abraham Cowley, from Examen Poeticum, ed. by John Dryden, 2nd edn. (London, 1706) (f. 103); and m) part of 'An elegie upon the Right Honourable The Earle of Lindsey' from Sir Francis Wortley, Characters and Elegies ([London], 1646, Wing W3634) (ff. 105-106).

Wood, Anthony à, 1632-1695

Books of Welsh interest

A notebook, [?late 1830s], containing brief extracts from the first volume of the Cambrian Quarterly (1829) relating to the Mabinogion (f. 1); and a list of eighty books of Welsh interest (ff. 8-14, rectos only).

Branwen verch Llyr

A transcript, [?1841] (watermarks 1836, 1837, 1839), [in the hand of John Jones (Tegid)], of the Welsh text of 'Branwen verch Llyr' (entitled 'Llyma yr eil geinc or mabinogi') [see Mabinogion (1849), III, 81-102] (A8/1); an autograph draft, [1841], of Charlotte Guest's English translation, 'Branwen the daughter of Llyr' [Mabinogion (1849), III, 103-129] (A8/2); and drafts, [1842x1843] (watermark 1842), of ten of the twelve notes in the printed version [Mabinogion (1849), III, 130-140], with the notes on 'Harlech' and 'Five Divisions of Ireland' being absent (A8/3).
The texts were first published in The Mabinogion… Part VI: Branwen the daughter of Llyr, Manawyddan the son of Llyr, and Math the son of Mathonwy (London and Llandovery, 1845).

Jones, John, 1792-1852

Breuddwyd Rhonabwy

A transcript, [?1840], [in the hand of John Jones (Tegid)], of the Welsh text of 'Breudwyt Ronabwy', with emendations in the hand of Charlotte Guest [see Mabinogion (1849), II, 371-392] (A6/1); together with a draft, [1840] (watermarks 1836), of Guest's English translation, 'The Dream of Rhonabwy', also containing emendations [Mabinogion (1849), II, 393-418] (A6/2).
The texts were first published in The Mabinogion… Part V: The Dream of Rhonabwy and the Tale of Pwyll Prince of Dyved (London and Llandovery, 1843).

Breuddwyd Rhonabwy - notes

Drafts, 1842 (watermarks 1842), of each of the twenty-nine notes accompanying the translation of 'Breuddwyd Rhonabwy' [see Mabinogion (1849), II, 419-444].
Also included is a manuscript draft of a further note, No. 28 'Rhun the son of Maelgwn', omitted from the final version, together with a printed leaf (pp. 453-4, corrected to 443-4) containing proofs for the same note, with annotations in the hand of Carnhuanawc. The notes were first published in The Mabinogion… Part V: The Dream of Rhonabwy and the Tale of Pwyll Prince of Dyved (London and Llandovery, 1843).

Chwedyl y Seithnyn doeth

Transcript, [?early 1840s] (watermarks 1836), [in the hand of John Jones (Tegid)], of the original Welsh text of 'Chwedyl y Seithnyn doeth' from the Red Book of Hergest.

Jones, John, 1792-1852

Correspondence

Nine letters, 1842-1843, addressed mostly to Charlotte Guest, comprising a letter, 3 December 1842, from the Rev. Walter Davies (Gwallter Mechain), Llanrhaiadr, to Wm Rees, printer, Llandovery, relating to explanatory notes on 'Breuddwyd Rhonabwy' (ff. 1-2); letters from the Rev. W. J. Rees, Cascob Rectory, Presteigne, to Lady Guest, 3 January 1843, informing her of the existence of a copy of the Greal at Hengwrt (ff. 3-4), and 8 April 1843, forwarding information concerning the Greal, which accompanies the letter (ff. 7-9); letters from the Rev. T. Price (Carnhuanawc), Y Persondy, to Lady Guest, 7 January 1843, concerning his 'Quest of Charlemagne', with 'Notes for the Opening Note to Taliesin' (f. 5), 13 March 1843, containing criticism of her treatment of the 'Tair Gormes' and references to translations and proof-reading (f. 6), 6 May 1843, enclosing the M. Hughes letter, now f. 11 (see below), and advising her concerning the copy of the Greal at Hengwrt (f. 11), and 12 May 1843, relating to 'Breuddwyd Maxen' and 'Taliesin', and criticising Dr Wm Owen Pughe (f. 12); a letter, 1 May 1843, from [the Rev.] M[organ] Hughes, Corwen, to [the Rev. T. Price (Carnhuanawc)], replying to a request, on behalf of Lady Guest, concerning the Greal MS at Hengwrt (f. 10); and a letter, 20 May 1843, from Aneurin Owen to [William] Rees, Llandovery, relating to the Greal (ff. 13-14). Also included is a brief note in the hand of Carnhuanawc, concerning the Greal, [n.d.] (f. 15).

Davies, Walter, 1761-1849

Dedication

Two drafts, dated 21 May and 29 August 1838, of the dedication to Charlotte Guest's two eldest sons, Ivor and Merthyr, published in The Mabinogion… Part I: The Lady of the Fountain (London and Llandovery, 1838).

Deed box

Black tin deed box, with 'Lady Charlotte Guest' painted on front, previously used to house the archive.

Early notes

Notes, 1827-1833, of Charlotte Bertie, comprising transcripts and notes relating to Middle Eastern and Oriental history and culture, and Spanish and European history; and extracts from printed books relating to Bertie family history. A pen-and-ink tracing, [1830s], of part of a printed ballad is also included.

Engraved plates

Engraved plates for Lady Charlotte Guest's 'at Home' cards, addressed '39 Upper Grosvenor St.', [1835] (D2), and for cards of Sir John and Lady Charlotte Guest to decline invitations, addressed '13 Grosvenor Square', [1838x1839] (D3).

Extracts and references

A notebook, 1838-[1842], containing references to and extracts from various printed works, in English, Welsh and French, collected by Charlotte Guest during her research for the notes to 'Peredur ab Efrawc', 'Geraint ab Erbin' and 'Breuddwyd Rhonabwy'.
The works quoted include Joseph Strutt, Glig Gamena Angel Deod; or, The Sports and Pastimes of the People of England, 2nd edn (London, 1810) (ff. 1-7), Rice Merrick, A Book of Glamorganshire Antiquities (Middle Hill, 1825) (ff. 18-20 verso) and The Works of Michael Drayton, Esq., 4 vols (London, 1753) (ff. 25-28).

Strutt, Joseph, 1749-1802

Geraint ab Erbin

A transcript, [1838] (watermarks 1833, 1837), of the Welsh text of 'Geraint ab Erbin' [see Mabinogion (1849), II, 5-66] in the hand of Charlotte Guest.
The text was first published in The Mabinogion… Part III: Geraint the Son of Erbin (London and Llandovery, 1840).

Geraint ab Erbin

A fair copy, [1838x1839], [?in the hand of John Jones (Tegid)], with occasional emendations and annotations, of Charlotte Guest's translation of 'Geraint ab Erbin' [see Mabinogion (1849), II, 67-141].
The text was first published in The Mabinogion… Part III: Geraint the Son of Erbin (London and Llandovery, 1840).

Geraint ab Erbin

A heavily emended draft, [1838] (watermarks 1837), of the English translation of 'Geraint ab Erbin' in the hand of Charlotte Guest [see Mabinogion (1849), II, 67-141].
According to Guest's journal, on 11-16 December 1838 she and Thomas Price (Carnhuanawc) worked at correcting her translation of Geraint, which was otherwise completed by her that Summer (Lady Charlotte Guest MS XI, p. 103). The text was first published in The Mabinogion… Part III: Geraint the Son of Erbin (London and Llandovery, 1840).

Geraint ab Erbin - notes

Drafts, [1839], in the hand of Charlotte Guest, of each of the thirty-nine notes on the text of 'Geraint ab Erbin' [see Mabinogion (1849), II, 142-176] (A4/4); together with the note on the 'Manuscript of Geraint in the Hengwrt Collection' [Mabinogion (1849), II, 177] and the first two leaves of the note on 'Erec and Eneide' [Mabinogion (1849), II, 178-179] (A4/5).
Note No. 15, 'In her veil', is not found in the printed version; the gaps in the numbering (Nos 4, 30-31, 33, 42) are suggestive of other omissions. The text was first published in The Mabinogion… Part III: Geraint the Son of Erbin (London and Llandovery, 1840).

German versions of Sir Ywaine

An abstract, [1838x1839], in English, of Hartmann von Aue's German version of 'Sir Ywaine', together with notes on both his and Ulrich's versions of the poem. It was used by Charlotte Guest in preparing her notices on the German versions of 'Sir Ywaine' [see Mabinogion (1849), I, 227-229].
The abstract is arranged as 12 songs, following Carl Michaeler's edition of 1786.

Iarlles y Ffynnawn

The first seven folios only of a transcript, [1838], of 'Iarlles y Ffynnawn' in Welsh [see Mabinogion (1849), I, 1-10] (A2/1); together with the first eighteen folios of a draft, [1838] (watermark 1837), of the English translation, entitled 'The Lady of the Fountain' [Mabinogion (1849), I, 39-56] (A2/2), both in the hand of Charlotte Guest. They were first published in The Mabinogion… Part I: The Lady of the Fountain (London and Llandovery, 1838).

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