Celtic Researches, on the Origin, Traditions & Language of Ancient Britons by Edward Davies


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Printed for the author, 1804. First Edition. Rebound in leather, original calf laid down to boards. Some very light browning, adverts and original title label affixed to front paper. Good copy,

'Never wanting in ingenuity, though the extent of his critical powers may be illustrated by his contentious that in the mystic Welsh bards he found certain terms evidently pertaining to the Hebrew language and that the British mysteries commemorate the deluge and those characters connected with its history.

The author, known as "Celtic Davies," took part in the re-invention of Druidic tradition. Was responsible for making certain connections between the Hebrew and Welsh languages, despite not being fluent in Welsh. Despite this shortcoming, Davies peaked the interest of William Blake and would be one of the first ten writers chosen by the Royal Society of Literature to be awarded the honour of Companion of Literature in 1823.'