A Repertory of Welsh Manuscripts and Scribes c.800–c.1800 by Daniel Huws

Before the end of 2020, Daniel Huws’s eagerly anticipated magnum opus, A Repertory of Welsh Manuscripts and Scribes c.800–c.1800, will be published by The National Library of Wales and the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies.

The first volume of the Repertory offers summary descriptions of some 3,300 manuscripts written in Welsh between c.800 and c.1800, including those written in other languages which relate to Welsh literature and learning. The second volume is a bio-bibliographical register of about 1,500 scribes, including anonymous ones whose hands have been recognized in two or more manuscripts, and also contains comprehensive indexes (about 250pp.) to place-names, personal names, texts and subjects in Vol. I, and a chronological index of manuscripts up to 1580. In the third volume are some 900 images which provide examples of the various scripts of the 600 most important scribes included in Vol. II. More information, including specimen pages from each volume, is available in the Repertory prospectus.

If you have an enquiry or would like to receive a hard copy of the prospectus, please contact repertory(at)library.wales.


Between 1 October 2019 and 1 April 2020, a special prepublication offer of £270 – a discount of 25% – is offered to subscribers, and the names of those who so wish will be included in the List of Subscribers.

Subscriptions may be made from our Repertory subscription page. Those who wish to pay by cheque or bank transfer should download and return the Repertory subscription form.

"The Repertory is without doubt the most important and ground-breaking contribution to Welsh manuscripts studies for more than a century. This authoritative, indispensable field guide will revolutionize research on all aspects of the Welsh written word and textual tradition."

Dr Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan

Former Head of Manuscripts and Visual Images, The National Library of Wales