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Sef, Rhai O’r
A Anfonwyd I
Medi 24, 25, 1823.
Published by Jonathan Harris, Caerfyrddin, 1824. First edition. Hardback. No dust jacket. Small 4to. Approx board size: 19.5cm H x 13cm W (7 ¾”H x 5”W). Viii, 109pp. Printed green paper boards & green linen spine; Untrimmed leaves. Condition: Bumping to corners; Discoloured outer boards; Page edges dust stained. Inside: Light tanning to page edges and the odd mark; Owner inscription in ink (v) “Thos Hugh Jones 1824” (signature opposite). Also, later inscription to front paste-down “I Wil Ifan, / Gyda dymuniadau gorau / Dan Jenkins. / Mai-haf-hin / 1938.”* Good.
Verses on the “Foundation of St. David’s College, Near Lampeter; and the Recent Victories of the Greeks over the Turks...” All text is in Welsh, with the exception being the dedication (iii) to Rt Hon. George, Lord Dynevor. Poetry & verse by: William Williams; Daniel Evans; I. Benjamin; Richard Jones; Roger Willilams; John Howells; Ioan Tegyd; Iago Emlyn, etc..
Note on ownership: It’s possible this copy was owned by a leading Welsh-language pioneer - Dan Jenkins (1856-1946), before being given as present. Scarce publication. WorldCat lists copies currently held by The British Library, London & The University of Wales.
Overall Condition – Good.
Title roughly translates as:
Eos Dyfed: Namely, Some compositions, Sent to a Carmarthen Eisteddfod, 24th & 25th September, 1823.
*Front paste-down inscription: “ToWil Ifan, / With best wishes / Dan Jenkins. / May-summer- 1938”