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Dafydd Johnston
A Repertory of Welsh Manuscripts and Scribes c.800 – c.1800 (three volumes)
by Daniel Huws

by Daniel Huws

National Library of Wales and University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, £385

This monumental reference work has been a long time in the making. It was only after retiring from his post as Keeper of Manuscripts and Records at the National Library of Wales in 1992 that Daniel Huws began work on it in earnest, but his Repertory is based on an intimate knowledge of Welsh manuscripts acquired throughout his career since joining the library staff in 1961. The hugely ambitious aim which he set himself was to create a summary catalogue of all manuscripts up to 1800 belonging to ‘the Welsh tradition’, which is defined as Welsh literature and scholarship, British history as seen by the Welsh, genealogy, Welsh law, science and medicine, including manuscripts written from a Welsh standpoint in Latin or English.

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About the author

Dafydd Johnston was Director of the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies in Aberystwyth 2008-2020, and is now Emeritus Professor there. His most recent publication is ‘Iaith Oleulawn’: Geirfa Dafydd ap Gwilym (2020). He is also Editor of The Dictionary of Welsh Biography.