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The Cambrian Popular Antiquities.
E Williams, London 1815 - The Cambrian Popular Antiquities or an account of some traditions, customs, and superstitions, of Wales with observations as to their origin. Illustrated with copper-plates coloured from Nature. In green half leather with marbled boards, lots of gilt lines and tooling to front & rear covers, a little worn and bumped, but minimal. Spine has title in gilt on red leather label and there is lots of gilt decoration to the spine. Internally, some light foxing to eps, half title present, (viii), 360 pp, 10 pl, of which are 9 are in colour depicting various interesting scenes including the ancient method of reaping, singing to the harp and dancing, and more, the 10th plates is a plan of the City of Troy, some offsetting from the plates, although the plates themselves are in an excellent state, edges of several pages and the margin of one plate discoloured. But an excellent copy of a scarce work. Has articles on Druidism, Merlin, King Arthur, Lent, Wakes, Christmas, Welsh Music, Corpse-candle, Burials, Faries, Sacrilege punished, Eagle of Snowdon, Maen Morddwyd in Anglesea, Cock-fighting to mention but a few! (Tooley 403. Allibone 1819) Roberts, Church of England clergyman and antiquary, son of John Roberts, the famous clock-maker, in addition to this title he published two volumes on early Welsh history, A sketch of the early history of the Cymry (700 BC ¿ AD 500) (1803), and The Chronicles of the Kings of Britain (1811), a translation of the work of Geoffrey of Monmouth. See ODNB for a full bio. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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