File NLW MS 23961E. - Mona Vetusta.

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Reference code

NLW MS 23961E.


Mona Vetusta.


  • [1850]-1855 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

iii, 79 ff. (alternate openings blank; f. 67 verso to end blank) ; 340 x 245 mm.

Bound in contemporary brown morocco over boards with recessed blind stamped panels; four raised bands on spine; red watered silk doublures and end-papers, with gold dentelles inside covers; gilded and gauffered page edges; 'Mona Vetusta' (in gold on red morocco lettering-piece on spine).

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Archival history

'Hawkesyard Priory' and 'W.III.7' (pencil on f. i)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Christie's South Kensington; London; Purchased at auction, lot 218; 14 February 2007; 004516633.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

A volume, [1850]-1855 (watermarks 1849, 1850), containing pen, ink and wash drawings of ancient buildings and archaeological remains in Anglesey with accompanying text. The volume appears to be the work of Helen Spode (née Heywood), and also her husband, Josiah Spode of Hawkesyard Hall, Staffordshire, and of Plas Gwyn and Beaumaris.
The layout consists typically of a page of text in black and red ink and an illuminated initial in Celtic style, with a drawing on the facing page (thirty-five in total); additional drawings often form vignettes in the text. A few of the drawings are initialled 'H.S.' (ff. 12, 31 verso, 39, 41) and 'J.S.' (ff. 10, 33). Subjects include various cromlechs, churches and castles; the majority are in the east of the island, including Beaumaris (ff. 1 verso-13) and Penmon Priory (ff. 14 verso-26). The volume also includes a single parchment leaf (f. 67) containing a copy of the illumination on f. 8 verso of the Bangor Pontifical (now in Bangor University, Welsh Library, Special Collections, Cathedral Collection).

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Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Covers lightly rubbed and scuffed.

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Finding aid

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies


Related units of description

Sold along with a manuscript entitled 'The Three Ridwares, Illustrated between 1839 and 1848 by Elizabeth Reynolds and Helen Heywood', which was not retained by NLW; this was subsequently sold at auction at Dominic Winter Book Auctions, 12 May 2011, lot 570 (purchaser unknown). Further papers of the Spode family of Hawkesyard Hall are Stafford, Staffordshire County Record Office D1141.

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Original title.


Preferred citation: NLW MS 23961E.

Alternative identifier(s)

Virtua system control number


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Description identifier

Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2011.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones.

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