File Bodewryd MS 1D [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Cywyddau ac awdlau

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Cywyddau ac awdlau


  • [1600x1635]-[1705] (Creation)

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iii, 254 ff. (paginated 1-508; old foliation [12]-44, 47-57, 60-68, 73-[141], [144]-153, [156]-200, [202]-[203], 205-225 (210 twice) on pp. 25-425) ; 305 x 195 mm.

Repaired and re-bound NLW (previously bound in full calf, with the leather having been cut away from the front and back covers).

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Archival history

The manuscript belonged to a Thomas Jones of Llan Lidan, [Denbighshire], in 1705 (f. iii, p.1).

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A volume of Welsh poetry mostly in the hand of Humphrey Davies (Wmffre Dafis), [vicar of Darowen], contining copies of cywyddau and awdlau by well-known and less known poets from the early fourteenth century to the early seventeenth century (pp. 25-492). Some poets are well represented, especially Ieuan Tew, Sion Keri and Huw Arwystl.
Twelve folios at the beginning (pp. 1-24), as well as six (formerly loose) folios at the end (pp. 493-504) are in the hand of Evan Lloyd of Blayn glyn, a former owner of the volume. These include a copy of a version of the dialogue between Hadrian and Epictetus, beginning: 'llyma ymddiddanion Rhwng adram [sic] emerodr Rhufein ag Epig y ddav wr calla yn y bvd', which differs greatly from the text found in Llyfr Yr Angkr and the Hengwrt MSS (pp. 3-7). Two other leaves (now bound in at the end of the volume), one bearing a Welsh poem in free metre (pp. 505-506) and the other an assessment of Derwen parish, [Denbighshire] (pp. 507-508), do not seem to belong to this volume.

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Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.

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  • Welsh

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Leaves missing after pp. 24, 90, 112, 130, 268, 288, 378, 382, 472, and possibly 492. Many leaves repaired at NLW, with some loss of text; some page edges trimmed during re-binding, possibly with some loss of text.

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Available on microfilm at the Library.

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Preferred citation: Bodewryd MS 1D.


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When deposited in the Library, and prior to repair, the Wmffre Dafis portion of the manuscript was foliated thus: 12-29, 217-220, 30-44, 47-57, 60-68, 73-104, 106-107, 109-141, 144-153, 156-184, 186-200, 205-215 (210 twice), 220-225, with thirty-three unnumbered folios and fragments of two folios at the end. A number of these folios were mutilated and some had become detached. During re-binding ff. 217-220 were relocated to their proper position. Several other gaps were filled in, ostensibly by some of the unnumbered folios; however there remain thirty-three leaves after f. 225 (i.e. pp. 426-492).

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Microform: MEICRO BODEWRYD MS 1.
  • Text: Bodewryd MS 1D [RESTRICTED ACCESS] - Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.