Fisher, John (editor). Kynniver Llith a Ban

Cardiff: University of Wales Press Board, 1931. 223p., includes introduction with notes, facsimile of original title page + one other page.  Reprint of William Salesbury’s work. Top of spine worn o/w book in good condition

SALESBURY , WILLIAM ( 1520? – 1584? ), scholar and chief translator of the first Welsh New Testament . He was a gentleman by birth, the second son of Ffwg ap Robert ap Thomas Salbri Hen , and Annes , daughter of Wiliam ap Gruffydd ap Robin of Cochwillan . He was b. at Llansannan but spent the greater part of his life at Plas Isa , Llanrwst . He was educated at Oxford and, in all probability, it was while he was there that he left the Roman Catholic Church and became a Protestant . He m. Catrin Llwyd , sister of Dr. Elis Prys (q.v.) of Plas Iolyn . Although Sir John Wynn of Gwydir and others suggest that he lived to about the end of the century, it is practically certain that he d. about 1584 or shortly before that. William Salesbury ‘s industry was actuated mainly by two motives: a desire to make the Holy Scriptures available to the Welsh , and a desire to impart knowledge and learning to them in their own language. His first attempt to render the Scriptures into Welsh was a translation of the lessons used in the Church Communion service, printed in 1551 under the title Kynniver llith a ban . (DOWB)

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