Tours through a part of North Wales

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 210 NLW MS 23996C.
  • Alternative Id.
      (alternative) vtls004666525
  • Dates of Creation
      [1820s]-[1830s], [?1909]
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English  English.
  • Physical Description
      i, 98 ff. with insertions (original pagination 1-90 continued to end; pp. 104-106, 139-186 blank) ; 245 x 190 mm.
      Red half morocco with gold tooling, and marbled paper; 'Lot 437' (sticker on front cover); 'J2252/BRR' and '1s/6d' (pencil inside front cover).
  • Location
      ARCH/MSS (GB0210)

Scope and Content

A manuscript copy, [1820s]-[1830s] (watermark 1814), of tours of North Wales undertaken in the Autumn of 1817 (pp. 1-30) and October 1819 (pp. 31-90) by Captain Henry Hanmer and his wife Sarah, including descriptions of visits to Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, the Ladies of Llangollen (pp. 10-11, 14-19, 45).
The itinerary includes Llangollen, Wrexham, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Bangor, Llanberis, Holyhead, Conway and St Asaph, and includes descriptions of Dolbadarn Castle (pp. 55-58), the Penrhyn slate quarries (pp. 65-66) and Parys and Mona copper mines (pp. 69-73). A number of related poems and tales are interspersed throughout the text (pp. 4-101), including verses by Anne Grant (p. 19), Anna Seward (pp. 22-29), Sir Walter Scott (pp. 31-33), W. Sotheby (pp. 37-45), W. R. Spencer (pp. 48-53), Dr [William] Dodd (pp. 61-62), and Amelia Alderson Opie (pp. 88-89). They are followed by further transcripts in the same hand (pp. 107-120), including verses by Thomas Noel (pp. 112-118) and Sir Walter Scott (pp. 119-120), and, in a different hand (pp. 121-139), verses by Byron (pp. 121, 125), R. B. Sheridan (p. 121) and Robert Southey (p. 123). The volume contains numerous cuttings from engravings, either pasted or tipped in (pp. 1-103 passim); several of these are by Henry Gastineau and are taken from Wales Illustrated: In a Series of Views... (London, 1830), as is the printed description of Llangollen on pp. 101-102. Inserted at the end (pp. 187-198) is a pamphlet by S. G. Perceval, The Ladies of Llangollen: New and interesting facts ([?1909]), transcribing extracts from the present manuscript. A press cutting, [1829], concerning the Ladies of Llangollen is pasted inside the front cover. Pressed flowers are pasted in on pp. 57, 64-65, and the remains of a leaf has been placed in an archival envelope.

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Acquisition Information

James Burmester Rare Books; Bristol; Purchase; June 2009; 004666525.


Original title.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 23996C.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Covers scuffed; leaves excised after pp. 104, 106, 122, 128, 132, 182; lower half of pp. 11-12 removed in order to obtain an engraving; other engravings apparently removed on pp. 76, 78, 96.

Archivist's Note

January 2011.

Description compiled by Rhys Morgan Jones.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply.

Custodial History

Purchased by S. G. Perceval in a Somerset bookshop in September 1908.

Additional Information


Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales