File NLW MS 23958C. - Ann of Swansea manuscript

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NLW MS 23958C.


Ann of Swansea manuscript


  • [?1818] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

i, 66 ff. (blank from f. 29 verso) ; 220 x 160 mm.

Half leather and marbled paper over boards; 'POETRY', 'VOL. I' (in gold on spine).

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Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

C. R. Johnson Rare Book Collections; London; Purchase; February 2007; 004457293.

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Scope and content

Manuscript notebook, [?1818], containing copies of prose and poetry by Ann of Swansea (Ann Julia Hatton) connected with her novel Chronicles of an Illustrious House (London, 1816) which caused controversy for satirising Swansea polite society as the fictional 'Gooselake'.
Included are extracts from the novel, specifically sections relating to Gooselake, beginning at vol. 2, p. 74 (ff. 1-18 verso), dated 5 July 1818 (f. 18 verso); two poems responding to the furore surrounding the novel, the first addressed 'To the Great Dons of Swansea' (ff. 19-20), the second beginning 'Arms, Arms I sing! and many battles dire' (ff. 20 verso-26); 'Elegy on the Death of Mr Bamboo', dated January 1817 (ff. 26 verso-28 verso), and a single verse beginning 'Now lost in dust is Cambria's boast', dated 1816 (f. 29). A leaf identifying some characters from the novel with their real-life counterparts has been tipped in on f. i; this suggests that the unknown compiler of the volume had a close connection with Swansea.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Item: 1.1 Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 23958C). Action: Condition reviewed. Action identifier: 4457293. Date: 20110608. Authorization: Selected for conservation. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: I. B. James. Status: Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 23958C) : Damaged corners and caps and one page detached. Institution: WlAbNL.

Item: 1.2 Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 23958C). Action: Conserved. Action identifier: 4457293 5. Date: 20110708. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: G. Edwards. Status: Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 23958C) : Tipped in loose page and repaired end paper. Institution: WlAbNL.


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Usual copyright laws apply.

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Covers rubbed.

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Digital version available (June 2023)


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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23958C.

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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

June 2011.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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  • Text: NLW MS 23958C; $q - Covers rubbed.