Madoc: Complete in 2 Volumes
Book Description: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, 1815. Full Leather, Fine Binding. 16mo. Plain endpapers, marbled edges. Fourth edition. Gilt decorated edging to boards. Upper boards detached, holding on by tape reinforcement to the second volume. Lacks spine strip to the first volume, section missing from the second. Overall in Good condition for the near 200 years of age. Southey's contribution to the debate about the Welsh settlement in America was first published in a fine quarto of 1805.
The historical facts on which this Poem are few. On the death of Owen Gwyneth, King of North Wales, AD1169, his children disputed the succession. Madoc, Gwyneth's son, left Wales and set sail to the west. There is evidence that he reached America, and that his posterity exists there to this day, on the southern branches of the Missouri, retaining their complexion, their language, and, in some degree, their arts.
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