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Morganiae Archaiographia

An edition of Rice Merrick's Book of Glamorganshire's Antiquities, written in 1578. This was the first attempt ever made to write the history of a Welsh county. The present text is based on six transcripts and extracts (the original manuscript having been lost), and is much more complete and accurate than the 1825 and 1887 editions.

South Wales Record Society publication no. 1
Edited by Brian Ll. James
Published 1983
ISBN 0 9508676 0 8 (hardback)

Price: £12.50

Gwynedd Pierce in Morgannwg: ‘The presentation of the volume is of a particularly high standard, moderately priced also … No one who professes in any way to have an interest in the history of Glamorgan should be without it.’

T. B. Pugh in Welsh History Review: ‘Although as an antiquary and topographer Rice Merrick was not in the same category as a more gifted writer, George Owen of Henllys, this scholarly edition enhances his reputation as Glamorgan’s earliest historian and the S.W.R.S. is to be congratulated on the high standard set by the first volume that it has published.’

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