- 1544-1552 / (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
330 pp.Half bound in calf.Imperfect in the middle, with many leaves missing; wanting beginning and end.Imperfect in the middle, with many leaves missing; wanting beginning and end.
Name of creator
The name of 'Robert Thomas, 1581' occurs on p. 142.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
A manuscript containing poetry (pp. 17-42), the poets including Taliesin, Iolo Goch, Dafydd ab Edmwnt and others, with poetry included also within other sections of the text; triads attributed to Taliesin (p. 16); the Rood legend (pp. 97-103); apocryphal gospels (pp. 104-153, 259-269, 272, 274-276); the Purgatory of Patrick (pp. 202-212); lives of saints (pp. 161-187); proverbs and adages, etc. (pp. 10-12, 14-15, 299-300); prayers (pp. 13, 238-250, 255); vocabulary (pp. 95-96); a planisphere, calendar, planetary tables and other astrological material (pp. 43-86, 89-90, 281-291); interpretation of dreams (pp. 91, 94); palmistry (pp. 92-93); directions concerning bleeding, medical recipes, etc. (pp. 1-9, 87-88, 236, 277-280, 300c-301); &c. A note on p. 221 states that 'Ieuan ap William ap dd: ap ejnws ajysgrivenodd yllyvr hwn i gyd ari gost ihvn i gael o bobyl ddifyrwch o hono alles yw heneidiav o hwn'; there are, however, a few pages (pp. 139-142, etc.) in other hands. There is a table of contents at the beginning in the hand of Richard Morris, 1784-1785, and another at the end by ?William Jones, who states that the manuscript was 'procured me by Mr. Holmes of the Tower'.
The dates appended to many of the subjects in the text show that the binder is responsible for the present derangement of the folios.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Item: 2.1. Action: Digitized. Action identifier: Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI). Date: 20140807. Site of action: NLW. Authorization: NLW. Authorizing institution: Bill Endres of the University of Kentucky. Extent: pp. 132, 136, 166. Type of unit: Pages.
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
J. Gwenogvryn Evans, Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, vol. II, part II (London, 1903), pp. 568-579.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Digital version available http://hdl.handle.net/10107/5708565 (June 2021)
Available on microfilm at the Library (NLW Film 1168).
Available on Library of Congress film at the Library (readers should be directed to this in the first instance).
Related units of description
Formerly Shirburn MS D. 30.
Preferred citation: Llanstephan MS 117 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].
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Subject access points
- Saints -- Great Britain -- Biography -- Early works to 1800
- Welsh language -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc. -- Early works to 1800
- Astrology -- Early works to 1800.
- Dream interpretation -- Early works to 1800.
- Palmistry -- Early works to 1850
- Traditional medicine -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions