The Bardic Museum, of primitive British Literature;and other admirable rarities; forming the Second Volume of the Musical, Poetical and Historical Relicks of the Welsh Bards and Druids ... containing the Bardic Triads; Historic Odes; Eulogies; Songs; Elegies ... with English translations and historic illustrations: likewise the ancient War-tunes of the Bards ... To these national melodies are added new Basses; with Variations, for the Harp, or Harpsichord; Violin, or Flute;
London: Printed by A. Strahan, Printer-Street, for the Author; 1802. (Price 1/. 5s.) Entered at Stationer's Hall.
Book; small folio (340 x 250mm, 13¼ x 9¾"), text and sheet music with lyrics complete as issued. With hand coloured etched frontispiece by Rowlandson after Ibbetson and J. Smith, of figures gathered around a harpist playing on a hillside. Unmarked blue paper-covered binding with calf spine. Binding chipped, scuffed and rubbed; paper covers tearing. Spine largely worn away, front cover disbound. Sheets slightly foxed, some offsetting to music sheets.
Edward Jones (1752 - 1824), known as Bardd y Brenin, or the King's Bard, was a musician and Welsh writer. He taught music to many persons of rank and was appointed bard to the Prince of Wales, an honorary office, in 1783. In 1784 he published ‘Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards, preserved by Tradition and Authentic Manuscripts from very remote Antiquity, with a Collection of the Pennillion and Englynion, Epigrammatic Stanzas or native Pastoral Sonnets of Wales, a History of the Bards from the Earliest Period, and an Account of their Music, Poetry, and Musical Instruments,’ London, folio, in 2 parts; republished with additions in 1794. This companion volume was issued in 1802. These works, largely based on the author's original researches among unpublished Welsh manuscripts, rescued and preserved some of the oldest Welsh airs extant. In many ways Jones can be said to have invented Wales as the 'land of song', while defining its people as 'aboriginal Britons' and as the oldest musical nation in Europe. A scarce Rowlandson image.
British Library: 004439254.
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