IN WALES REVISITED
A Preliminary Survey of the Wales-Related
Romantic Fiction at Cardiff University
James Hendersons article
The Gothic Novel in Wales (17901820) provides
a useful starting point for a study of Wales-related fiction
of the romantic period. Examining
the extent to which Wales was used as a setting for the gothic
novel between 1790 and 1820 he concludes that as a literary
type the Gothic novel set in Wales never made an appearance,
although the development of such a species could reasonably
have been expected. Indeed,
a cursory browse through any gothic bibliography will demonstrate
that Wales did not fare as well as Scotland and Ireland in
this respect, despite possessing the requisite sublime landscapes
and vestiges of former grandeur. Nevertheless,
the fact that Wales for the most part failed to capture the
imagination of gothic novelists should not diminish the significance
of a sizeable body of fiction, which is, to varying degrees,
concerned with or set in Wales. In his accompanying
checklist Henderson identifies forty-eight works of fiction
that immediately indicate Welsh interest. However,
this figure of forty-eight does require revision. I
would contend for the following reasons that of these forty-eight
titles, four are not worthy of inclusion in such a checklist.
and least disputable, is a simple matter of ambiguous titling
concerning The Novice; or, the Heir of Montgomery Castle
(London: Minerva Press, 1814; 3 vols.) by the pseudonymous
Matthew Moral. It
would be tempting to think that the subtitle referred to Montgomery
Castle in Powys, replete with its connections to John Donne
and George Herbert. Yet the novel is in fact set
in the Scottish border country, where the fictitious edifice
is situated. Secondly, one of the titles that Henderson
includes in his checklist is, as he notes, a novel for children,
namely the anonymous Travels of a British Druid; or the
Journal of Elynd (London: Hatchard, 1811; 2 vols.). It
would be misleading to consider this novel in the context
of the market for fiction read by adults, which was to a large
degree a separate entity. Its inclusion in Hendersons
checklist may tempt one to do exactly this. Thirdly,
The Cottage of Merlin Vale (London, 1809; 2 vols.)
by J. Morrington is listed by Henderson as being held in the
National Library of Wales, although he does admit to not having
seen the novel. It has not been found there in
a recent search and my attempts to locate it on the librarys
OPAC have proved fruitless. Given that the work
from its title alone cannot be confirmed as having any definite
Welsh interest, although a suggestion is present, it would
be speculative to include the novel in a checklist.
Indeed, contemporary reviews fail to shed any light on this
matter, the Quarterly Review in May 1809 listing the
novel as being a rational, moral, sentimental, literary
and entertaining history founded on facts. It
is probable that the novel did exist as it was also mentioned
in the Edinburgh Review in July of the same year, although
the title could equally have been obtained from a publishers
list and never printed. Similarly,
the anonymous The Bard of Snowden [sic] and his Daughter
(1818; 2 vols.) has not been found in any other sources and
would almost certainly appear to be a ghost title
that was not in fact published.
The scarcity of additional information in Hendersons
entry would seem to attest this. He lists no holdings,
no publisher, and again acknowledges that the novel was not
examined by him. Allowing
then, for the four exceptions outlined above, there remain
forty-four titles with verified Welsh connections from the
original list of forty-eight.
lists seventeen of the titles in his checklist as being found
in the Salisbury Library, which is now housed at the Arts
and Social Sciences Library (ASSL) at Cardiff University. My
own research has found that there are in fact nineteen items
from Hendersons checklist in the Salisbury Library,
although it is not simply the case that I have found two titles
that Henderson may have overlooked, or that these are recent
accessions, as these conflicting figures may initially suggest. In
fact three of those seventeen titles that Henderson states
are part of the Salisbury Library have since been listed as
missing. These three novels that are missing from
the Salisbury Library are: the aforementioned Travels of
a British Druid; or the Journal of Elynd (London: Hatchard,
1811; 2 vols.) by a Clergyman; W. S.Wickendens
Bleddyn; a Welch National Tale (See entry 33 for publication
details); and the first edition of The Welsh Cottage
by Olivia More (Wellington, Salop: Houlston and Son, 1820). The
second and third editions of The Welsh Cottage (1822
and 1828 respectively) are, however, still to be found thereso the novel is in fact present at the library. Therefore,
only fifteen of the seventeen titles that Henderson lists
as part of the library are in fact now locatable there. However,
four titles that are on Hendersons checklist, but not
recorded by him as being held in the Salisbury Library, have
in fact been discovered during my own survey. They
are: an imperfect copy of Sir Owen Glendowr [sic], and
other Tales, by the pseudonymous Anthony Frederick Holstein
(London: Minerva Press, 1808); The Bard; or, the Towers
of Morven by Evan Jones (London: Printed for the Author
and Sold by R. Dutton, 1809); The Welsh Mountaineer
by Catharine Hutton (London: Longman [et al.], 1817); and
The Journal of Llewellin Penrose by William Williams
(London: Murray, 1815). It
is also worth noting that the Salisbury Library includes two
Wales-related novels from the romantic period that have not
been found in any other sources. They are the first
edition of the above The Bard; or, the Towers of Morven
by Evan Jones, and Robert Evanss The Stranger; or,
Llewellyn Family (London: Minerva Press, 1798), both of
which appear to be unique to the library.
source of titles available in the ASSL is the Corvey Microfiche
Edition (CME) of English titles, which includes more than
2,000 novels from the period 17961834, belonging to
the Corvey Library at Höxter in Germany. This
collection includes in all thirty-one titles from Hendersons
list, of which fourteen duplicate those in the Salisbury Library.
The ASSL thus gives access to thirty-six of the forty-four
titles, with verified Welsh connections, from Hendersons
original list of forty-eight. The following amended
checklist is, then, primarily a list of those titles from
Hendersons article that are available at the ASSL through
the Salisbury Library or the CME. It is intended
neither as a definitive list of romantic fiction that deals
with Wales, nor as a straightforward revision of Hendersons
original survey. By the same token it is not offered
as a complete listing of such fiction available from either
collection; nor does it seek to qualify the criteria used
to determine what is and what is not considered a work of
fiction with Welsh interest, beyond confirming that all the
works listed below have at least some semblance of acquaintance
with Wales. The following appendix is then, perhaps
best viewed as a preliminary list of the romantic fiction
with Welsh interest that we have available at Cardiff.
entries have been arranged with the author on the first line. Where
the authors name does not appear on the title-page and
has been obtained from a credible source or been traced through
my own research, the name appears in square brackets. Similarly,
if portions of the name have been omitted in the title-page
these have been enclosed in brackets in the entry. This
is followed by the entire title in italics as it appears on
the title-pagealthough capitalization has been standardized.
Instances where the copy of the text consulted is a subsequent
edition will be noted inside square brackets before the title,
e.g. [2nd edn.] or [reissue] in the case of an unspecified
title is in turn followed in round brackets by the whole of
the publishers imprint, including place of publication,
addresses and details of booksellers where present, and lastly
the year of publication. The capitalization and
punctuation has, however, also been standardized so that the
place of publication is given at the beginning, followed by
a colon and the rest of the imprint as it appears on the title-page,
although a comma is always used to precede the date. In
cases where the imprint includes redundant or unnecessary
punctuation this has been removed for the sake of neatness
the publishers imprint appears the format of the work,
established by counting leaves between signatures. Only
the number of the last paginated page (roman and arabic) in
each volume will be given in each breakdown. If
a work contains a preface, dedication or address to the reader
that is unpaginated, this will be noted in the last field
as (unn.) [see below].
holding libraries follow, with items found in the Salisbury
Library appearing in red print
and Corvey items in blue print,
the edition providing the entry being cited first. In
instances where the same item is found in both collections,
that from the Salisbury Library will form the basis of the
entry as the main copy, due to the fact that it is an actual
copy of the work as opposed to a microfiche reproduction. The
ISBN of the CME fiche follows each Corvey citation. However,
in cases where the Corvey copy is an earlier edition or the
Salisbury Library copy is imperfect, the Corvey copy will
take precedence. There then follows a list of other
libraries where the item can be found, with the source of
information (Eighteenth-Century or Nineteenth-Century
Short-Title Catalogues [ESTC/NSTC]) given first, along
with the relevant catalogue number, before the holding libraries
themselves in round brackets. The letters BI before
a list of holding libraries denotes that they are to be found
in Britain and Ireland, and similarly the letters NA denote
libraries in North America. For the purpose of
consistency the abbreviations for holding libraries are the
same as those used in the ESTC, even when the source of the
holding is the NSTC. Where the edition referred
to does not appear in the ESTC or NSTC, this will be denoted
by a preceding x (e.g. xESTC). If a
catalogue states that an item at a particular library is imperfect,
it will be noted in square brackets after the abbreviation
for that library. In instances where an item found
at the Salisbury Library or in the CME is imperfect, it will
be pointed out in the note field.
note field, which follows the list of holdings, is marked
by an asterisk, and will be used for other relevant information,
e.g. further editions, translations, notable prefaces (paginated
and otherwise), anomalies in various catalogues and other
miscellaneous information about the work or author.
The Fair Cambrians. A Novel. In Three Volumes. (London:
Printed for William Lane, Leadenhall-Street, 1790). I 240p;
II 240p; III 240p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG30 (1790);
ESTC t046475 (BI L; NA AzU, MH-H).
* The Salisbury Library copy has the following hand-written
inscription on the fly-leaf of the 1st vol., The motto,
and the lines in Capitals which preceed [sic] each
Chapter were inserted by the ingenious publisher without the
knowledge of the author, for these, and the numerous faults
in the printing she acknowledges herself indebted to him.
This is accompanied by numerous corrections throughout the
book in the same hand. There, therefore, seems a to be good
case for stating that this may have been the authors
personal copy and this inscription would obviously imply female
The Families of Owen and De Montfort. A Tale of Ancient
Days. In Three Volumes. (London: Printed at the Minerva
Press for A. K. Newman and Co. Leadenhall-Street, 1819). I
iii, 228p; II 222p; III 202p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-47607-0;
NSTC 2O6929 (BI L, O).
* Preface. To the Reader, signed The Author.
Howard Castle; or a Romance from the Mountains. In Five
Volumes. By a North Briton. (London: Printed at the Minerva
Press for A. K. Newman and Co. Leadenhall-Street, 1817). I
vii, 295p; II 292p; III 304p; IV 288p; V 302p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-47745-X;
NSTC 2N10031 (BI L).
* Preface to the Public.
Maurice Powell: An Historical Welsh Tale of Englands
Troubles. In Three Volumes. (London: Printed for Baldwin,
Cradock, and Joy, Paternoster-Row, 1821). I 263p; II 272p;
III 352p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG 16.9.A;
Corvey; CME 3-628-48199-6; NSTC
2P23803 (BI L, O).
The Orphans of Llangloed. A Modern Tale. In Three Volumes.
By the Author of Lusignan. (London: Printed at the Minerva-Press,
for Lane and Newman, Leadenhall-Street, 1802). I 256p; II
298p; III 235p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48316-6;
Scenes in Wales; or, the Maid of Llangolf. By a Clergyman.
(London: Printed by J. Wright, Denmark Court, for R. H. Westley,
159 Strand, and E. Hennah, St. Austell, Cornwall, 1802). viii,
Salisbury Library WG16.9.A;
Corvey; CME 3-628-48532-0; xNSTC.
* ECB dates Mar 1802. Collates in sixes.
Vesuvia; or, Anglesea Manor. A Novel. In Three Volumes.
By the Author of Valambrosa [sic], and Forresti.
(London: Printed at the Minerva-Press, for Lane, Newman, and
Co. Leadenhall-Street, 1807). I 282p; II 275p; III 243p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48920-2;
Welsh Legends: A Collection of Popular Oral Tales.
(London: Printed by J. D. Dewick, Aldersgate-Street, for J.
Badcock, Paternoster-Row, 1802). vi, 280p, ill. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG7.W; Corvey;
CME 3-628-51169-0; NSTC W1193 (BI L).
* Salisbury Library copy frontispiece states, Publishd
as the Act directs Nov. 1 1801 by Earle and Hemet, Albemarle
Street Piccadilly. Includes five legends, the 2nd of
which is in verse. ECB dates 1801 and gives Earle as publisher.
It also attributes the work to William Earle, perhaps through
a confusion of this work with Earles The Welshman.
Block also attributes to William Earle (jun.), though
the British Library Catalogue (BLC) and National Union
Catalog (NUC) treat as anonymous. Collates in sixes.
Eva of Cambria; or, the Fugitive Daughter. A Novel. In
Three Volumes. By Emma de Lisle, Author of The Soldiers
Offspring, &c. &c. (London: Printed at the Minerva-Press,
for A. K. Newman and Co. (Successors to Lane, Newman, &
Co.) Leadenhall-Street, 1811). I 264p; II 269p; III 279p.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48106-6;
* Blakey (p. 232) states that this title is not by Emma de
Lisle [the pseudonym of Emma Parker], but the production of
another author, mistakenly sent to the press with de Lisles
name on the title-page; Emma de Lisles manuscript was
later published as Fitz-Edward. See entry 27. Eva of
Cambria has been attributed to Amelia Beauclerc owing to the
fact that the title-page of Disorder and Order (London:
Minerva, 1820) reads, By Amelia Beauclerc, Author of
[. . .] Alinda, or the Child of Mystery. Alinda
(London: Crosby, 1812) is ascribed, on its title-page, to
the Author of [. . .] Castle of Tariffa. And finally,
the title-page of The Castle of Tariffa (London: Crosby,
1812) states that it was written by the Author of [.
. .] Eva of Cambria.
BENNETT, Mrs [Agnes Maria].
Ellen, Countess of Castle Howel, a Novel, in Four Volumes.
By Mrs. Bennett. (London: Printed for William Lane, at
the Minerva Press, Leadenhall-Street, 1794). I 241p; II 240p;
III 223p; IV 234p.12mo.
Salisbury Library: WG30 (1794);
ESTC t073510 (BI L, O; NA CaAEU, CtY, CLU-S/C, CSmH, DLC,
InU-Li, MiU [imperfect], MH-H, NcU, NjP, NNU, PU, ViU).
* Apology dated London, March 12, 1794 (3pp. unn.).
List of works by the same author at the end of vol. 4.
Further edns: Dublin: Printed for Messrs. W. Jones, H. Colbert,
H. Fitzpatrick, and J. Milliken, 1794. Dublin: Printed by
P. Wogan, 1794. 2nd edn; London: Minerva, 1805 (Salisbury
Library WG16.9.B; Corvey; CME 3-628-47251-2).
Ianthé, or the Flower of Caernarvon, a Novel in
Two Volumes. Dedicated by Permission to His Royal Highness
the Prince of Wales. By Emily Clark, Grand-Daughter of the
Late Colonel Frederick, Son of Theodore, King of Corsica.
(London: Printed for the Author; and Sold by Hookham and Carpenter,
Old Bond Street, 1798). I viii, 256p; II 273p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-45021-7;
ESTC t061496 (BI L [2 copies, both imperfect]; NA MH-H).
* Dedication to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Subscription
list in British Library copy.
EARLE, William (jun.).
The Welshman, a Romance, in Four Volumes. By William Earle,
jun. Author of Natural Faults, a Comedy; Obi, or Three-Fingerd
Jack, &c. (London: Printed by J. D. Dewick, Aldersgate
Street, for Earle and Hemet, 47, Albemarle Street, Piccadilly,
1801). I xiv, 271p; II 238p; III 262p; IV 245p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-47508-2;
NSTC E40 (BI L).
* Dedication to him, to whom I am indebted for life
[...] To her, whose arms have cradled me.
The Stranger; or, Llewellyn Family. A Cambrian Tale. In
Two Volumes. (London: Printed at the Minerva Press, for
William Lane, Leadenhall-Street, 1798). I 314p; II 283p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG30 (1798);
* This novel is ascribed to Robert Evans by virtue of the
fact that he also wrote The Dream, or Noble Cambrians (London:
Printed at the Minerva Press, 1801). The imprint title of
which reads as follows: The Dream, or Noble Cambrians.
A Novel. In Two Volumes. By Robert Evans, A.M. Author of The
Further edn: French translation, 1802.
[FOSTER, Mrs E. M.].
Concealment, or the Cascade of Llantwarryhn. A Tale. In
Two Volumes. By the Author of Miriam, Judith, Fedaretta, &c.
(London: Printed at the Minerva-Press, for William Lane,
Leadenhall-Street, 1801). I 222p; II 322p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-47307-1;
* To The Reader (unn.) suggests female authorship:
The authoress of the ensuing work .... ECB dates
[FOSTER, Mrs E. M.].
Frederic & Caroline, or the Fitzmorris Family. A Novel.
In Two Volumes. By the Author of Rebecca, Judith, Miriam,
&c. (London: Printed at the Minerva-Press, for William
Lane, Leadenhall-Street, 1800). I 256p; II 296p.12mo.
Corvey; CME; 3-628-47838-3;
ESTC t068576 (BI L; NA CaAEU).
* Drop-head title and running-titles read Fitzmorris.
Dedication to Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales,
signed E. M. F., in British Library copy, although
this is not present in the Corvey copy.
GRIFFITHS, Griffiths ap.
The Sons of St. David. A Cambro-British Historical Tale,
of the Fourteenth Century. With Explanatory Notes and References.
In Three Volumes. By Griffiths ap Griffiths, Esq. (London:
Printed at the Minerva Press for A. K. Newman and Co. Leadenhall-Street,
1816). I ii, 232p; II 222p; III 236p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG16.9.G;
Corvey; CME 3-628-47821-9; NSTC
2G23032 (BI L, C, E, O).
* Notes at end of each vol.
[2nd edn.] The Orphans of Snowdon, a Novel, by Miss Gunning,
Author of The Farmers Boy, War Office, Malvin, &c.
In Three Volumes. Second Edition. (London: Printed for
B. Crosby, and Co. Stationers Court; Lane, Newman, and
Co. Leadenhall Street; and Lackington, Allen, and Co. Finsbury
Square, 1807). I 240p; II 239p; III 241p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-47581-3;
* 1st edn: London: H. Lowndes, 1797. Summers lists 1st edn.
[HATTON, Anne Julia Kemble].
[reissue] Cambrian Pictures; or, Every One Has Errors.
In Three Volumes. By Ann of Swansea. (London: Printed
at the Minerva Press, for A. K. Newman and Co., Leadenhall-Street,
I xxviii, 276p; II 364p; III 448p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48741-2;
* Colophon of B Clarke, Printer, Well-Street, London
in all vols., and in the 1813 Corvey copy.
1st edn: London: Printed for E. Kerby, 1810. Copy at British
Library has same title-page as Corvey, but with imprint date
blocked out. The NSTC entry (A1350), based on this copy, follows
the erroneous dating for that edn. of [1810?]. Summers has
publisher as Newman 1810.
The Church of St. Siffrid. In Four Volumes. (London:
Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, 1797).
I 267p; II 245p; III 260p; IV 351p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG30 (1797);
ESTC t124771 (BI L; NA CLU-S/C, CSmH, ViU).
* Further edn: Dublin: William Porter and Nicholas Kelly,
1798; 2 vols., by the author of Ned Evans [i.e.
Elizabeth Hervey]. German translations, 1801, 1802.
HOLSTEIN, Anthony Frederick [pseud.].
Sir Owen Glendowr, and Other Tales. In Three Volumes. By
Anthony Frederick Holstein. (London: Printed at the Minerva-Press,
for Lane, Newman, and Co. Leadenhall-Street, 1808). I 224p;
II 224p; III 191p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-51048-1;
Salisbury Library WG16.9.H; xNSTC.
* Salisbury Library copy is imperfect, containing only Sir
Owen Glendowr the 1st and longest of four tales in the
book. It is likely that an unscrupulous seller may have done
this deliberately to arouse the interest of Enoch Robert Gibbon
Salisbury (1819-90), whose collection of literature relating
to Wales forms the basis of the Salisbury Library today. The
defaced title-page of the Salisbury Library copy would seem
to attest thissee figs 1 and 2, the Corvey and Salisbury
1. Corvey Copy
2. Salisbury Copy
The Welsh Mountaineer: A Novel. By Catharine Hutton, Author
of The Miser Married. In Three Volumes. (London: Printed
for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row,
I 264p; II 258p; III 294p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG.16.9.H;
Corvey; CME 3-628-47866-9; NSTC
2H39194 (BI L, C, O; NA MH-H).
* Further edn: Philadelphia: Published by M. Thomas, 1817.
The Bard; or, the Towers of Morven. A Legendary Tale. By
Evan Jones, Royal Navy. (London: Printed for the Author,
and Sold by R. Dutton, 45, Gracechurch-Street, 1809). vi,
Salisbury Library WG16.9.J;
* Introduction, pp. [v]vi, giving origin in North Wales
tradition, and in which author apologises for the numerous
errors with which this first production of his pen abounds
(p. vi). Colophon reads: Printed by W. Darton, and J.
and J. Harvey, Gracechurch-Street.
Further edn: London: A. K. Newman, 1810 (Corvey; CME 3-628-51083-X).
The Corvey copy has the same printers mark and colophon
as the 1809 Dutton edn. and is evidently a reissue.
Gwelygordd; or, the Child of Sin. A Tale of Welsh Origin.
In Three Volumes. By the Author of The Infernal Quixote, Abyssinian
Reformer, Castle of St. Donats, &c. &c. (London:
Printed at the Minerva Press for A. K. Newman & Co. Leadenhall-Street,
1820). I 275p; II 322p; III 280p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG 16.9.L;
Corvey; CME 3-628-47590-2; NSTC
2L24395 (BI L).
The Welsh Cottage. (Wellington, Salop: Printed by and
for F. Houlston and Son. And Sold by Scatcherd and Letterman,
Ave-Maria Lane, London, 1820). ix, 223p, ill. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48883-4;
NSTC 2M35930 (BI O).
* Entered at Stationers Hall, on title-page
after imprint date. Sometimes attributed erroneously to Mary
M. Sherwood. Salisbury Librarys 1st edn. as seen by
Henderson is missing.
Further edns: 2nd edn; Wellington, Salop: F. Houlston, 1822
(Salisbury Library WG 16.9.M). The 2nd edn. has by Olivia
More on title-page. 3rd edn; Wellington, Salop: F. Houlston,
1828 (Salisbury Library WG 16.9.M).
The Welch Mountaineer. By Arthur Mower. In Two Volumes.
(London: Printed for B. Crosby and Co. Stationers Court,
Paternoster Row, by F. Vigurs, 5, Princes Street, Leicester
Square, 1811). I xix, 147p; II 128p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG 16.9.M;
Corvey; CME 3-628-48389-1; NSTC
M3508 (BI L).
* Dedication The Author, to Himself, dated London,
May 1811. Preface complaining of the superfluity and similarity
of novels, dated London, June 1811. Summers describes as by
Dr Arthur Mower of Edinburgh. Salisbury copy has been bound
recently by the library but the text remains intact.
Llewellin: A Tale in Three Volumes. Humbly Dedicated in
Poetical Address to Her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte
Augusta of Wales. (London: Printed and Published by G.
Cawthorn, British Library, No. 132, Strand. Sold also by Messrs
Richardson, Royal-Exchange; and J. Wright, Piccadilly, 1799).
I ix, 334p; II 423p; III 426p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG30 (1799);
Corvey; CME 3-628-45105-1; ESTC
t070092 (BI L, E; NA CaOHM, CLU-S/C).
* Both Salisbury copy and British Library copy have 2nd vol.
dated as 1798 [therefore ESTC dates novel as 1798/99]. Dedication
dated London, 1796.
Fitz-Edward; or, the Cambrians. A Novel. Interspersed with
Pieces of Poetry. In Three Volumes. By Emma de Lisle, Author
of A Soldiers Offspring, Elfrida, or the Heiress of
Bellegrove, &c. &c. (London: Printed at the Minerva-Press,
for A. K. Newman and Co. (Successors to Lane, Newman, &
Co.) Leadenhall-Street, 1811). I iii, 235p; II 204p; III 210p.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48105-8;
NSTC D800 (BI E).
* Preface reads: It is necessary here to observe, that
this Work would have appeared many months since; but, owing
to a mistake, another manuscript, the production of another
author, was sent to the press instead of mine, and,
through inadvertency, printed under a similar supposition.
This has already been explained as far as it was possible;
and I have only here to add, that the following Work is that
which was announced some months ago, as being about
to be published under the title of Eva of Cambria;
but as another persons Novel has, through an error,
been published under that name, it was necessary to give a
new title to the present Work. Amelia Beauclerc was
probably the true author of the published Eva of Cambria.
See entry 9.
The Welch Peasant Boy. A Novel. In Three Volumes. By the
Author of The Maid of Avon. (London: Printed at the Minerva-Press,
for Lane, Newman, and Co. Leadenhall-Street, 1808). I 210p;
II 170p; III 173p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48882-6;
NSTC P915 (BI L).
Montgomery; or, Scenes in Wales. In Two Volumes. (London:
Printed for William Lane at the Minerva, Leadenhall Street,
1796). I 260p; II 325p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG 30 (1796);
ESTC n012293 (NA MH-H, ViU).
Neville Castle; or, the Generous Cambrians. A Novel, in
Four Volumes. By the Author of Raynsford Park. (London:
Printed by T. Plummer, Seething-Lane; for R. Dutton, 45, Gracechurch-Street;
and J. Cawthorn, Catherine-Street, Strand, 1802).
I iv, 256p; II 288p; III 299p; IV 312p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48189-9;
* Preface states that the following pages
were written several years since. The writer also praises
Madame de Genlis, and the authors of Camilla, and of
The Mysteries of Udolpha [sic] and The Italian.
Several catalogues, including Summers, attribute to the Misses
Purbeck (i.e. Elizabeth and Jane). Literary Intelligence
(unn.) at the end of the 3rd vol. announcing the removal of
R. Duttons Circulating Library from Birchin-Lane to
No. 45, Gracechurch-Street, dated 2 June 1802.
Further edn: French translation, 1803.
The Hermit of Snowden [sic]: Or, Memoirs of Albert and
Lavinia. Taken from a Faithful Copy of the Manuscript, which
was found in the Hermitage, by the Late Rev. Dr. L_____ and
Mr. _____, in the year 17**. (London: Printed at the Logographic
Press, (under the Direction of the Literary Society,) and
Sold by J. Walter, No. 169, Piccadilly; C. Stalker, Stationers-Court,
Ludgate-Street; and W. Richardson, under the Royal Exchange,
1789). xvii 230p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library: WG30 (1789);
ESTC t120591 (BI L; NA CSmH, MdBJ).
* Further edns: Dublin: H. Colbert, 1790. London: Published
by Barker, 1793.
[STEVENS, Grace Buchanan].
Llewellen, or, the Vale of Phlinlimmon: A Novel. In Three
Volumes. (Edinburgh: Printed by John Moir, Royal Bank
Close, for Macredie, Skelly, & Co. 52, Prince Street;
and T. & G. Underwood, 32, Fleet Street, London, 1818).
I 300p; II 270p; III 285p. 12mo.
Salisbury Library WG16.9.A;
Corvey; CME 3-628-48034-5; NSTC
2S39227 (BI L, C; NA MH).
WICKENDEN, W[illiam] S.
Bleddyn; a Welch National Tale, Being the First of a Series.
By W. S. Wickenden, the Bard of the Forest, Author of Count
Glarus of Switzerland. (London: Published for the
Author, by C. Chapple, Royal Library, Pall-Mall, 1821). 235p.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48968-7;
NSTC 2W19033 (BI L).
* Colophon reads: J. Nichols and Son, 25, Parliament
Street, Westminster. There were two edns. of this novel
published in the same year, the other being Printed
for Baldwin, Cradock and Joy, and issued in two vols.,
with a subscription list comprising 95 names. It is held at
the National Library of Wales. The Salisbury Library copy,
as examined by Henderson, is missing. It is however, unclear
from his entry and the Salisbury Librarys index of missing
titles which of the two editions was to be found there.
WILLIAMS, William Frederick.
Fitzmaurice: A Novel. By William Frederick Williams, Author
of Sketches of Modern Life; or, Man as He Ought not to Be.
In Two Volumes. (London: Printed by S. Gosnell. Little
Queen Street, for J. Murray and S. Highley, No. 32, Fleet
Street; and J. Harding, St. Jamess Street, 1800). I
vi, 210p; II 190p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48965-2;
ESTC 006003 (BI L; NA MH-H, CaAEU).
* Vol. 2 imprint differs: London: Printed by Luke Hansard,
Great Turnstile, Lincolns-Inn Fields, for J. Murray
and S. Highley [. . . ].
WILLIAMS, William Frederick.
The Witcheries of Craig Isaf. In Two Volumes. By William
Frederick Williams, Author of Tales of an Exile, The World
We Live in, &c. &c. (London: Printed at the Minerva-Press,
for Lane, Newman, and Co. Leadenhall-Street, 1805). I 272p;
II 260p. 12mo.
Corvey; CME 3-628-48967-9;
* Henderson, Blakey and Summers have date as 1804. Salisbury
Library copy is missing.
The Journal of Llewellin Penrose, a Seaman. In Four Volumes.
(London: Printed for John Murray, Albemarle Street, and William
Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1815). I xvi, 239p; II 217p; III 215p;
IV 197p. 8vo.
Salisbury Library WG 16.9.W;
Corvey; CME 3-628-47922-3; NSTC
W2145 (BI L, C, E, O).
* Dedication to Benjamin West, Esq. and Advertisement,
both signed John Eagles. Text dated New-York, 2 May 1783 at
end. Williams (172791), who was a painter and the 1st
tutor of Benjamin West, wrote the novel in America c. 17745,
and it has been consequently claimed as the 1st novel written
in America. The published version of 1815 was much altered
by Williamss benefactor in Bristol, Thomas Eagles, and
was later submitted for publication by his son, the Revd John
Eagles. John Murray, the publisher, offered £200, the
work apparently having been read and approved by Walter Scott.
For an edn. based on Williamss original manuscript and
a useful introduction describing its publication history,
see David Howard Dickason, Mr Penrose: The Journal of Penrose,
Seaman (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1969).
Colophon of Salisbury Library copy and Corvey copy reads:
Caledonian Mercury Press, Edinburgh.
Further edns: London: Taylor and Hessey, 1825; 1 vol. abridged
(Salisbury Library: WG16.9.W). German translation, 1817.
Gothic Novel in Wales, The National Library of Wales
Journal 11 (195960), 24454.
in a number of sources as by Mrs Mary Pilkington (17661839). See
Montague Summers, A Gothic Bibliography (; London:
Fortune Press, 1969); Frederick S. Frank, The First Gothics.
A Critical Guide to the English Gothic Novel (New York:
Garland Publishing, 1987); and vol. 2 of Peter Garside, James
Raven and Rainer Schowerling, English Novels 17701830:
A Bibliographical Survey of Fiction Published in the British
Isles, Vol. 1: 17701799;
Vol. 2: 18001829
(Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
See the Edinburgh Review
14: 519 (July 1809) and the Quarterly Review 1: 461
item has not been found any of the following sources: Summers,
Gothic Bibliography; The English Catalogue of Books,
Preliminary Volume, 18011836, edd. Robert Alexander
Peddie and Quintin Waddington (1914; New York: Kraus Reprint
Corporation, 1963); William S. Ward, Literary Reviews in
British Periodicals, 17981820;
a Bibliography with a Supplementary List of General (Non-Review)
Articles of Literary Subjects (New York and London: Garland,
1972); and Literary Reviews in British Periodicals, 18211826;
a Bibliography with a Supplementary List of General (Non-Review)
Articles of Literary Subjects (New York: Garland, 1977);
The Nineteenth-Century Short-Title Catalogue, Series II:
(Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Avero, 198695;
56 vols.); Dorothy Blakey, The Minerva Press, 17901820
(London: The Bibliographical Society, 1939).
I have hinted above, Hendersons phrasing (immediately
indicate) suggests that, at the time of compiling his
checklist, many of the works therein were not seen by him
first hand. This is shown to be the case in some twenty instances.
the librarys recently completed cataloguing project
gives a clearer picture of the collections holdings
than was perhaps available at Hendersons time of writing.
Journal of Llewellin Penrose is attributed by Henderson
and others to John Eagles.
The 1810 A. K. Newman reissue of The
Bard is to be found at Corvey, however.
Andrew Block, The English Novel 17401850
(1939, rev. 1961; London: Dawsons, 1968).
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TO THIS ARTICLE
A. J. DAVIES. The Gothic
Novel in Wales Revisited: A Preliminary Survey of the
Wales-Related Romantic Fiction at Cardiff University,
Cardiff Corvey: Reading the Romantic Text 2 (June 1998). Online:
Internet (date accessed): <http://www.cf.ac.uk/encap/corvey/articles/cc02_n01.html>.
Andrew James Davies (BA Wales, MA Wales) is
a third-year PhD student at Cardiff University.
His thesis focuses on the representations of Wales in fiction
of the Romantic era, considering issues such the impact of
novels and tales written that include a significant degree
of Welsh interest in the context of the development of the
marketplace for romantic fiction and in the light of the emergence
of the regional novel as associated with Scott, Edgeworth
A significant part of this research
includes the compilation of a checklist of Anglo-Welsh fiction
of the Romantic period, using the Corvey Microfiche Edition
and the existing titles in the Salisbury Library at the Arts
and Social Sciences Library at Cardiff University. This
will eventually be extended to include other collections to
produce a more comprehensive survey than is available at present.