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Extent and medium
148 volumes : Many of the older manuscripts are illuminated, on vellum.
Name of creator
Francis William Bourdillon (1852-1921) of Buddington, Midhurst, Surrey, made a special study of medieval French romances, particularly 'Le Roman de la Rose'. For this purpose he had brought together an extensive collection of manuscripts and early printed editions of certain French romances and of books of reference relating to various aspects of this study.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Trustees of the late F. W. Bourdillon; Purchase; 1922
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Manuscripts, [13 cent.]-, from the library of Francis William Bourdillon, containing a wealth of romance literature, in particular manuscript and printed editions of the Roman de la Rose. The collection contains original manuscripts, transcripts, translations and notes and includes romances, poetry, 'chansons de geste', biographies, chronicles, medieval manuscripts, commonplace books, public records, songs, hymns, sermons, prayers, inscriptions, terriers, and recipes.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 5001-5148.
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Conditions governing access
Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.
Conditions governing reproduction
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Script of material
Language and script notes
French, unless otherwise specified.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume I (Aberystwyth, 1943).
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
F. W. Bourdillon, The Early Editions of the Roman de le Rose (London : Bibliographical Society, 1906)
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Rules and/or conventions used
This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) Second Edition; AACR2; and LCSH.
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Description compiled by Siân Medi Davies for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS;