WREXHAM

[ The first translation into Welsh of Bacon's 'Essays'. ] Traethodau Gwladol A Moesol. Gan Francis Bacon, Barwn Verulam, Is-Iarll St. Alban, Ac Arglwydd Uchel Ganghellydd Lloegr. Gyda Hanes Bywyd Yr Awdwr A Nodiadau, Gan Richard Williams, Trallwm.

Author: 
Francis Bacon, Barwn Verulam, Is-Iarll St. Alban, Ac Arglwydd Uchel Ganghellydd Lloegr; Richard Williams, Trallwm [ Richard Williams (1835-1906) of Welshpool, antiquary and lawyer ]
Publication details: 
Wrexham: Cyhoeddedig Gan R. Hughes and Son, Hope Street. [ 1870? ]
£75.00

The first translation into Welsh of Bacon's 'Essays'. 160pp., 12mo. Disbound pamphlet without wraps. Title-leaf loose, otherwise in fair condition, on lightly aged paper. The volume contains the fifty-eight essays, the fragment of an essay 'Of Fame' and 'The Praise of Knowledge', together with the biography and notes by Richard Williams of Welshpool. No copy in the National Library of Wales, and the only copy on COPAC at the British Library, whose entry tentatively dates the work to the year 1870. Now extremely scarce.

[Voyage to Australia, 1912.] Autograph notebook of H. A. Butcher of Wrexham, containing account of voyage to Australia from England, in 1912. With details of 'A few friends we met on the "Orama" during our voyage to Sydney ex London October 25 1912'.

Author: 
H. A. Butcher of Wrexham, Wales [SS Orama, 'Orient' line steam ship; Australia; Australiana]
Publication details: 
'[...] on The "Orama" during our voyage to Sydney [Australia] ex London [England] Oct 25. 1912'. [Disembarking at Melbourne, 2 December 1912.]
£280.00

96pp., 12mo (15.5 x 9.5 cm.), in 'Note Book for Pen or Pencil Writing'. Comprising the account of the voyage on 75pp. at the back of the volume, and the names and details of fellow passengers on 21pp. at the front. Built in 1911, SS Orama was torpedoed and sunk in 1917 while serving as convoy escort. In good condition internally, on lightly aged paper, in aged and worn card covers. The front section is described inside the front cover: 'A few friends we met on the "Orama" during our voyage to Sydney ex London October 25 1912', and the 21pp.

Autograph Letter Signed from Welsh poet Richard Llwyd, 'The Bard of Chester', to Sir Foster Cunliffe of Acton, sending 'the Blackburnian poem' and hoping for a reparation of 'the breach' [with John Blackburne, Tory MP for Lancashire?].

Author: 
Richard Llwyd (1752-1835), Welsh poet and antiquary, known as 'The Bard of Chester' [Sir Foster Cunliffe (1755-1834) of Acton Park, near Wrexham; John Blackburne (1754-1833), of Hale Hall]
Publication details: 
Bank Place, Chester. 27 April [1821?].
£450.00

1p., 4to. Bifolium. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf to 'Sir Foster Cunliffe Bar - | Acton | Wrexham'. Chester postmark dated 27 April [1821?]. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He is enclosing 'the Blackburnian poem which arrived this morning by the Carrier -' (the poem is not present). The second paragraph reads: 'Classical Rats are voracious - they read with a vengeance - yet I hope that the breach is not beyond the powers of reparation'. From the papers of John Blackburne, through the antiquary Dr James Kendrick.

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