File NLW MS 23873B. - Translations of Welsh poetry

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NLW MS 23873B.


Translations of Welsh poetry


  • [1813x1815] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

i, 32 ff. ; 180 x 110 mm.

Paper-covered cloth over boards; remains of gilt paper pasted on front cover.

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Archival history

'Frances El. Lewis given her by her dear sister', [early 19 cent] (ink on f. 2); 'From the library of the late C. J. Sturman of Louth [Lincolnshire]', [1997x2001] (book-plate inside front cover).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Jeff Towns, Dylans Bookstore; Swansea; Purchase; October 2001; B2001/19.

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Scope and content

A volume, [1813x1815] (watermark 1813), containing translations into English verse, probably by Sir John Bernard Bosanquet (see pencil note on f. 2), of Welsh poetry by Dafydd ap Gwilym (ff. 4-5), Aneirin (ff. 6-7 verso), Taliesin (ff. 8-10), Gwalchmai ap Meilyr (ff. 11-13), Cynddelw Brydydd Mawr (f. 14 recto-verso) and Iolo Goch (ff. 16-17 verso).
Also included are notes on the poets and their works (ff. 20-30 verso) and an English translation of triads attributed to Catwg Ddoeth (ff. 18-19 verso). The volume is illustrated with six ink and wash sketches (ff. 3, 4, 5, 11, 17 verso, 26), including one of Cilgerran Castle, Pembrokeshire (f. 4). Frances Elizabeth Lewis (d. 1846), to whom the volume was given (see f. 2), was the sister of Mary Anne (d. 1819), wife of J. B. Bosanquet.

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Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

One leaf removed after f. 5; spine repaired at NLW.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23873B.

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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

March 2012.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Maredudd ap Huw and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones;

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