- [1820s]-[1830s], [?1909] (Creation)
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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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Name of creator
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, , 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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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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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23996C.
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- Dolbadarn Castle (Gwynedd, Wales) (Subject)
- Perceval, S. G. (Spencer George), 1838-1922. (Subject)
- Gastineau, Henry G., 1791-1876, artist. (Subject)
- Grant, Anne MacVicar, 1755-1838. (Subject)
- Seward, Anna, 1742-1809 (Subject)
- Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. (Subject)
- Sotheby, William, 1757-1833. (Subject)
- Spencer, William Robert, 1769-1834. (Subject)
- Dodd, William, 1729-1777. (Subject)
- Opie, Amelia Alderson, 1769-1853. (Subject)
- Noel, Thomas, 1799-1861. (Subject)
- Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824. (Subject)
- Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. (Subject)
- Southey, Robert, 1774-1843 (Subject)
- Butler, Eleanor, Lady, 1739-1829 (Subject)
- Ponsonby, Sarah, 1755-1831 (Subject)
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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones.