File NLW MS 23996C. - Tours through a part of North Wales

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NLW MS 23996C.


Tours through a part of North Wales


  • [1820s]-[1830s], [?1909] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

i, 98 ff. with insertions (original pagination 1-90 continued to end; pp. 104-106, 139-186 blank) ; 245 x 190 mm.

Red half morocco with gold tooling, and marbled paper; 'Lot 437' (sticker on front cover); 'J2252/BRR' and '1s/6d' (pencil inside front cover).

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Biographical history

Archival history

Purchased by S. G. Perceval in a Somerset bookshop in September 1908.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

James Burmester Rare Books; Bristol; Purchase; June 2009; 004666525.

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Scope and content

A manuscript copy, [1820s]-[1830s] (watermark 1814), of tours of North Wales undertaken in the Autumn of 1817 (pp. 1-30) and October 1819 (pp. 31-90) by Captain Henry Hanmer and his wife Sarah, including descriptions of visits to Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, the Ladies of Llangollen (pp. 10-11, 14-19, 45).
The itinerary includes Llangollen, Wrexham, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Bangor, Llanberis, Holyhead, Conway and St Asaph, and includes descriptions of Dolbadarn Castle (pp. 55-58), the Penrhyn slate quarries (pp. 65-66) and Parys and Mona copper mines (pp. 69-73). A number of related poems and tales are interspersed throughout the text (pp. 4-101), including verses by Anne Grant (p. 19), Anna Seward (pp. 22-29), Sir Walter Scott (pp. 31-33), W. Sotheby (pp. 37-45), W. R. Spencer (pp. 48-53), Dr [William] Dodd (pp. 61-62), and Amelia Alderson Opie (pp. 88-89). They are followed by further transcripts in the same hand (pp. 107-120), including verses by Thomas Noel (pp. 112-118) and Sir Walter Scott (pp. 119-120), and, in a different hand (pp. 121-139), verses by Byron (pp. 121, 125), R. B. Sheridan (p. 121) and Robert Southey (p. 123). The volume contains numerous cuttings from engravings, either pasted or tipped in (pp. 1-103 passim); several of these are by Henry Gastineau and are taken from Wales Illustrated: In a Series of Views... (London, 1830), as is the printed description of Llangollen on pp. 101-102. Inserted at the end (pp. 187-198) is a pamphlet by S. G. Perceval, The Ladies of Llangollen: New and interesting facts ([?1909]), transcribing extracts from the present manuscript. A press cutting, [1829], concerning the Ladies of Llangollen is pasted inside the front cover. Pressed flowers are pasted in on pp. 57, 64-65, and the remains of a leaf has been placed in an archival envelope.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Covers scuffed; leaves excised after pp. 104, 106, 122, 128, 132, 182; lower half of pp. 11-12 removed in order to obtain an engraving; other engravings apparently removed on pp. 76, 78, 96.

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Original title.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 23996C.

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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

January 2011.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones.

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