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CARADOC OF LLANCARFAN (d. c.1150)
CARADOC OF LLANCARFAN (d. c.1150)
CARADOC OF LLANCARFAN (d. c.1150)
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CARADOC OF LLANCARFAN (d. c.1150)

The Historie of Cambria, Now Called Wales. London: Rafe Newberie and Henrie Denham, 1584.

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CARADOC OF LLANCARFAN (d. c.1150)
The Historie of Cambria, Now Called Wales. London: Rafe Newberie and Henrie Denham, 1584.
First edition of an important early chronicle of Wales, with an account of Madocs legendary voyage to the New World. In the 1580s, Sir Henry Sidney, lord president of Wales, asked the antiquary David Powel to prepare an English edition of Caradoc’s medieval history based on a translation by Humphrey Llwyd. Llwyd had added descriptions from both manuscript and printed sources, including Matthew Paris and Nicholas Trevet, as well as oral traditions and his own glosses. ‘A special interest in this work for the American collector consists in its relation of the most ancient Voyage and Discovery of the West Indies, performed by Madoc, the sonne of Owen Guined, prince of North Wales, anno 1170’ (Sabin). Sabin 40914; STC 4606.

Quarto (195 x 140mm). Woodcut title border, woodcut illustrations, initials, and ornaments (without final blank, tiny repairs at fore-edge of title and final 3 leaves). Contemporary calf, blind ruled borders enclosing small blind stamped central arabesque, initialled ‘W B’ in gilt (rebacked preserving spine panel, lacking ties). Provenance: contemporary manuscript list on front pastedown, with 21 entries possibly relating to estates in Cheshire – Sir William Brereton, 1st Baronet (1604–1661; inscription on title, binding) – ‘Anne Holland Booke’ (inscription on title) – ‘R[oger] K[enyon] 1699’ (c.1627-1698; inscription on pastedown) – George Kenyon of Peel Hall, Lancashire (1666–1728; armorial bookplate) – exhibited at An Exhibition of Printing, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 1940 (slip loosely inserted).
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