Sunday, 27 January 2008

Gwyddoniadur Cymru yr Academi Gymreig icWales:

For a small nation, Wales has had its fair share of big books over the centuries. The tradition goes back to the Llandeilo Gospels and the Mabinogion. It encompasses Giraldus Cambrensis’ 12th-century chronicles, Bishop William Morgan’s Welsh-language Bible, Henry Salesbury’s Grammatica Britannica, Humphrey Llwyd’s chronicles and pioneering map, Robert Recorde’s innovative works on mathematics and astronomy, and Edward Llwyd’s reference books on fossils, minerals and Celtic languages.

The Welsh Academy’s definitive Welsh-English English-Welsh dictionary of the 1990s proves that Wales can still come up with the goods, as do the encyclopedias of Anglesey-based polymath David Crystal.

However, that long tradition of big books may be coming to a close, and its swansong could be the publication next month of
The Welsh Academy Encyclopedia of Wales – in English and Welsh volumes simultaneously.

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