File NLW MS 16133C. - Tour through Wales

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NLW MS 16133C.


Tour through Wales


  • [?1799] (Creation)

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141 ff. (original pagination 1-51, 1-93, 1-115; f. 135 verso to end blank) ; c. 220 x 190 mm.

Guarded and bound in full vellum; gold tooling on spine; 'TOUR THROUGH WALES' (in gold on spine).

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Archival history

Bookplate of Evelyn Philip Shirley inside front cover; sold at the Sotheby's auction as part of the property of Lt-Col. Evelyn Shirley, Atington [sic] Park.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Sotheby's; London; Purchased at auction, lot 343; 29 April 1947

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A volume containing a fair copy, [?1799] (watermarks 1794, 1796, 1798), of a journal of a tour through parts of England and Wales, August-September 1797, describing in particular country houses and other sites visited, road conditions and scenery.
Departing from London on 17 August, the itinerary included Oxford (ff. 8 verso-28 verso), Cheltenham, Gloucester and Worcester (ff. 37-51), Coalbrookdale (ff. 56 verso-58 verso), Shrewsbury (ff. 60-65), Welshpool (ff. 65 verso-69), Llangollen (ff. 73 verso-80), Corwen, Bala, Dolgellau and Barmouth (ff. 80 verso-89 verso), Aberystwyth and the vicinity (ff. 90-95 verso), Kington (f. 98 verso), Herefordshire (ff. 99-103), the lower Wye Valley from Hereford to Chepstow (ff. 103-113), and various houses in Wiltshire (ff. 114-134 verso). Included in the journal are descriptions of William Herschel's telescope at Slough (ff. 6-7 verso), various Oxford Colleges (ff. 9-27 verso), Chirk Castle (ff. 70 verso-72), Valle Crucis Abbey (ff. 78-79 verso) and the Hafod Estate, Cardiganshire (ff. 92-94 verso). The descriptions of Blenheim Palace (ff. 30-35 verso), Attingham House, Shropshire (ff. 63-64 verso), Stourhead (ff. 114 verso-120 verso), Fonthill (ff. 120 verso-124), Wardour Castle (ff. 124-127 verso) and Longford Castle (ff. 128-131), all Wiltshire, include lists of the paintings housed there. A note and partial list of contents, April 1872, by Ev[elyn] Ph[ilip] Shirley is on f. i.

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Page edges trimmed by binder with some loss of text and pagination; covers warped.

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Title based on contents.


Formerly Ettington Manuscript Library No. 63.


Dated on the basis of references to hostilities with France (ff. 3 verso-4) and to the purchase (in 1799), by the Fonthill estate, of two Claude Lorrain paintings (ff. 122 verso-123).


Preferred citation: NLW MS 16133C.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

November 2007 and July 2014.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifan, and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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