(Owen, Aneurin).


Comprising Laws Supposed to be Enacted by Howel the Good, Modified by Subsequent Regulations Under the Native Princes Prior to the Conquest by Edward the First: And Anomalous Laws, Consisting of Institutions Which by the Statute of Ruddlan Were Admitted to Continue in Force: With an English Translation of the Welsh text. To Which are Added A few Latin Transcripts, Containing Digests of the Welsh Laws, Principally of the Dimetian Code. With Indexes and Glossary. Printed by Command of His Late Majesty King William IV Under the Direction of the Commissioners of the Public Records of the Kingdom. Edited and Translated by ... ... 1841.
1st Ed. Folio. [iv] + xv + [v] + 1005pp. Parallel text in English and Welsh. Some chipping to fore-edge to last few gatherings with last six leaves silked to fore-edge, inscription, half title soiled and silked, some light browning, rebound in period style calf backed cloth, minor wear, blind motifs and gilt lettering to spine. Aneurin Owen (1792–1851), historian. ODNB ‘... libraries and private collections in Wales and in England were visited, manuscripts copied, and collations made, and in 1841 the Record edition of the laws appeared in two forms, a large folio and two quarto volumes under the title ‘Ancient Laws and Institutes of Wales.’ It was remarkable not only for the care and accuracy with which the manuscripts were reproduced and the texts translated, but also for establishing a distinction between the three versions (which Owen termed Venedotian, Dimetian, and Gwentian) of native Welsh law. His nomenclature has been revised but the threefold categorization of versions is still valid ...’
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