Newport: Printed for the Monmouthshire and Caerleon Antiquarian Association by H. Mullock, 1872. First edition. 4to., [iv], errata slip, 87 pp., plus 13 albumen photographs [ approx. 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches] mounted on 12 leaves. Brick red pebbled cloth, decorated in black and blind on the covers, spine titled in gilt. Board corners slightly bumped; front hinge opened but holding; engraved bookplate and the bookplate of Coleg-Harlech, with its stamp, which is also on the top margin of the title page; a laid-in slip states this was withdrawn from the library. A pencil note on the verso of the flyleaf states that the marginal notes and corrections were made by Mr. Hartley. There is scattered foxing on the first and last leaves and blank margin of the first plate, with an occasional spot on a few other leaves. Tipped to the recto of the rear free endpaper is a folded sheet, which gives an accounting on the cost incurred in the restoration of the church. The albumen photographs are bright and have a full tonal range. In all, an acceptable copy. Item #54337
The text offers a lengthy historical description of the monuments found in the Priory Church of St. Mary, which was founded 1070. It is often called "the Westminster Abbey of Wales." The photographer is not directly credited; however, in the author's preface he state, "I have, however, endeavoured fully to describe, explain, and illustrate these interesting remains..."
Gernsheim No. 543.