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Mynegeir ysgrythurol: neu ddangoseg egwyddorol o ’r holl ymadroddion yn yr Hen Destament a’r Newydd, yn ddwy ran
Caerfyrddin, argraffwyd tros yr Awdur, gan J. Ross 1773 - First edition. A rare Welsh biblical concordance by the controversial Methodist preacher Peter Williams (1723–1796), printed in Carmarthen, presumably intended as a follow-up work to his important Welsh bible (1767–70), the first to be printed in Wales. ‘About 1759 it occurred to Williams to utilize the press as an instrument for evangelical work, and he thereafter became the chief contributor to the religious literature of Wales during the eighteenth century. His greatest undertaking was the publication at his own risk of a family edition of the Welsh Bible with annotations of his own at the end of each chapter, this being the first Welsh commentary on the whole Bible ever issued. This was also the first time that a Bible was printed in Wales. The work was issued in shilling parts, the first appearing in 1767. The “Beibl Peter Williams” proved to be greatly popular in Wales, and many thousands of copies were issued. The whole work appeared in volume form in 1770’ (Oxford DNB). Loosely inserted is part of a printed wrapper, numbered Part XIII and dated 1796 (perhaps for Y Bibl Sanctaidd, Carmarthen, 1796; recovered from binding waste, inner margin strengthened with archival tissue), informing that subscription costs will have to rise due to government taxes on paper. It also mentions that there are still a few copies of Williams’s concordance for sale, which can be bound with the Bible if desired as the paper will be the same size. 4to (262 × 208 mm), pp. iv, 392; fore-margins of the initial and final few leaves repaired with archival tissue, covering some words on the last page, but still legible; some finger-soiling, old inkstain to lower corner in places; early ink ownership inscriptions of John Roberts (crossed out in pencil) to front flyleaf and Thomas Parry (dated 1809) to front flyleaf and title; recent quarter calf. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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