A complete 10-volume set of the Welsh language encyclopedia Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig / Encyclopedia Cambrensis, plus index, published 1889-96 by Thomas Gee, Dinbych. This is the largest work ever published in the Welsh language comprising 9,000 pages in total, the majority of which are in two columns. There are tissue guarded portraits on frontispieces of volumes 1, 2, 4 and 6 and numerous text drawings and fold-out colour maps. The subjects covered are similar to those of English language encyclopedias of that era including their greater emphasis on religion and theological topics. However, these volumes do differ by the larger percentage of text dealing with Welsh history and issues and those of the other Celtic nations. The 10 volumes have brown cloth boards with black stamped floral border decoration to front boards and spines and gilt lettering on spines. Also blind stamping to rear boards. The index has dark blue boards with raised texture and blind stamped border, with gilt lettering to front and spine. Each volume, including the index, measures 17cm x 26cm.
In very good condition with little variation between the volumes and index. Ex-library copies with affixed notice of library rules (in Welsh) and library stamp to each endpaper, but no other inscriptions. The hardcovers show some soiling and scuffing but are otherwise sound and there is minimal corner and edge wear. Binding remains good to tight in all volumes. The book block edges are soiled. The internal pages are tanned but there is only very sporadic foxing and text and
illustrations are perfectly clear and readable throughout.
NOTE: Mae'r testun ym mhob cyfrol yn gyfan gwbl yn yr iaith Gymraeg / The text in all volumes is
entirely in the Welsh language.