Contemporary morocco, "W.G." stamped in gilt on upper board; 12mo (115x183mm); approx. pp. 150, each with 12 staves on the recto and verso, nearly completely full with music (sometimes just the treble clef, sometimes up to 4 voices for choir) and lyrics, handwritten in black ink, plus a few notations in pencil; seemingly in the same hand throughout, though possibly with additions by contemporary contributors. The musical notation is plain and casual, but perfectly legibile throughout; while the lyrics vary, sometimes in tiny script, sometimes rather hastily scribbled. Ownership signature of "William Griffiths" on FFEP, and ownership signature of "William Griffith / Pemsar'allt" (note difference in surname) on front flyleaf. Boards rubbed, scuffed, and flaring just a little; corners bumped. Some browning or dust-smudging here and there, but overall internally nice and clean. William Griffith(s) is the son of William Gwynedd (b. Holyhead ,1796), and he immigrated to Poultney, Vermont around 1860, where he was involved in the slate industry. Though he American-ized his surname, he named the home that he shared with his wife "Penisar'allt." Griffiths may have been affiliated with the Calvinistic Methodists, or Presbyterian Church of Wales. The volume includes "Cwymp Eden a chodiad Calfaria," "Israel yw efe sydd yn rhoddi," "Preswylwyr y graig yn.," "The Market Chorus in Masaniello," "Anthem -- Who Can Express," "Glee -- Come, Sing this Round with Me," and many others. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Manuscript Hymnal and Choir Book in Welsh ...
Publisher: late-19th century?
Book Condition: Very Good
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