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The Cambrian Magazine Volumes I to V

By Various Authors

1829-1833 - London - H Hughes

9" by 6"; [8], 508pp; [2], 509pp, [3]; 528pp, viii; [2], 560pp; 628pp

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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The first five volumes of the Welsh magazine The Cambrian.

 Direct from the Regency library of Elizabeth Greenly, later Lady Elizabeth Coffin Greenly. 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.

Volumes II-IV have Lady Greenly listed as a subsriber. To the first volume she has added her name to the list of subscribers, implying she became a subsriber after printing.   
 

With 1 folding plate to volume I and 1 folding plate to volume II and with some vignettes to volumes I, II, III, IV and V. 

The Cambrian was a quarterly magazine which published articles, novels, poetry and songs about Wales and by Welsh writers. A different Cambrian magazine was published later in the nineteenth century which was devoted to the interests of Welsh-American people. Although the editors of these volumes of The Cambrian are not listed anywhere in the volumes some people have attributed it to Thomas Price otherwise known as Carnhuanawc. Price was a historian and major Welsh literary figure in the early 19th century. He contributed to many popular journals and revived the Eisteddfod, the Welsh festival of literature, music and performance.  

CONDITION

In half vellum bindings with paper covered boards. Externally, very smart with rubbing to boards. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown of all volumes, E H Greenly. E H Greenly has signed the title page of volume I as well as adding her own name in ink to the list of subsribers. To volume II Greenly has corrected the name of another subscriber. Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound though strained in places. Volume I has some patches of foxing to the odd page throughout. Volumes II, III, IV and V have spotting to the first and last few pages with scattered spots throughout. Overall: VERY GOOD


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