Rowlands, Henry.


An Archæological Discourse on the Antiquities, Natural and Historical, of the Isle of Anglesey, The Antient Seat of the British Druids. In Two Essays. With an Appendix, containing a Comparative Table of Primitive Words, and the Derivatives of them in several of the Tongues of Europe; with Remarks upon them. Together with some Letters and three Catalogues, added thereunto. I. Of the Members of Parliament from the County of Anglesey. II. Of the High-Sheriffs; And, III. Of the Beneficed Clergy thereof. Dublin: Printed by Aaron Rhanes for Robert Owen ... 1723.
1st Ed. 4to. [x] + viii Subscribers + 383pp. + [iv]. Rubric t.p., 8 copper plates [only, of 10]. Prelims. waterstained to head, some browning, ex.-libris Thomas Odwyn Jones, contemporary half calf with marbled boards, upper hinge cracked, extremities rubbed, gilt ruling and lettering to spine with loss across tail and signaficaint loss to head, modern cloth slipcase. ESTC T139797. Without the map only present in the second edition. Although ESTC list the map as being present in the 1723 edition, it was issued without a map; John Gibson the cartographer was not active until around 1850 and Lewis Morris the Surveyor did not start his coastal survey until 1737. ‘Henry Rowlands (1655-1723), antiquary, was a native of Llanidan Anglesey, and spent his life as an Anglican Priest in his native country. Deeply interested in the history and antiquities of the island ... His most famous work [the above] surveys the antiquities of Anglesey and attempts to prove that the Druids originated there ... A correspondent of Edward Lhuyd ... he preserved details of some archaeological remains which have now disappeared ...’ Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales.
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