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A Dictionary Of The Welsh Language Explained In English, In 2 Vols. With A Grammar Of The Welsh Language Appended

By William Owen

1803 - London - E. Williams

9.5" x 6.5"; Unpaginated [680,660], 166pp

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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A first edition of William Owen Pughe's full two volume English-Welsh dictionary, direct from the Regency library of Elizabeth Greenly, complete here in two volumes with a third volume (a Welsh grammar) appended.

Within this copy is a contemporary letter written by Elizabeth Greenly at Croft Castle, furnishing the recipient with a further list of Welsh words and phrases. For example, Lady Greenly has noted that a 'Crig' is a crack - meaning a ravine. She explains that 'Pont y dinas' means the bridge of the fort, or fortified town.  It also contains her bookplate and signature to the title page.

The first section of this dictionary was completed as early as 1793, but it was not until 1803 that the full work was published. The two volumes are considered exhaustive, and contained a number of innovations, including the use of   for 'ch', 'v' for the Welsh 'f', and the use of 'z' for 'dd'. Overall the work contains circa 100,000 words, alongside illustrative quotations from old Welsh writers.

Elizabeth Greenly, born at Titley Court, Herefordshire, was a noted and varied collector. She kept prolific diaries from 1784 until her death in 1839 which included her responses to current events and occasions in her daily life. Among the diaries many names and anecdotes of celebrities of the time appear, including Lord Byron, Marie Antoinette, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More. She was known to comment on customs of foreign countries to which she and her friends had travelled, and had a keen interest in scientific discoveries and advancements including medicine and archaeology.

The Greenly library contents show Elizabeth Greenly's numerous interests including: Welsh causes, Science, topography, travel, Bibliana and literature, particularly female poets. The library contains many first editions of contemporary works, and many are signed or contain her bookplate. The library contained over 1000 volumes which show the diversity and depth of her interests and give an insight into the life of this fascinating collector.
 
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CONDITION

In half calf with marbled boards. Externally both volumes generally smart, rubbed in places with some shelfware to the spines. The joints are starting but firm on the rear of volume one. Internally, light spotting to the title page of volume one. Light foxing to the first and last few pages of volume two, and the odd spot here and there. Pressed flowers within the 'G' pages of volume two, with some offsetting. Otherwise both clean and bright throughout. Contemporary signatures in ink to the title pages of both volumes. The odd short annotation in ink and pencil throughout. Bookplate to the front pastedown of volume one, and to the front free endpaper of volume two. Firmly bound. Overall: VERY GOOD


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