London: Thomas Rodd, 1840. 8vo. 16 pp. FIRST EDITION. Paper boards and cloth back with the original front wrapper bound inside; presentation copy to “William John Thomas Esq from the author” written on the wrapper. With the bookplate of Arnold Thackray on the paste-down. Item #14970
First and only edition of a pamphlet that discusses Welsh contributions to the field of science, particularly that of Robert Recorde, the physician to Queen Mary, by the prolific writer and collector of books and manuscripts, Halliwell (1820-1889), of Jesus College, Cambridge. Well known as a Shakespearian scholar, Halliwell, who was married to the daughter of the noted bibliomaniac Sir Thomas Phillipps, became notorious as a book thief. He also apparently had a habit of removing pages and illustrations from books and pasting parts he liked into scrapbooks. Indeed, from 1845 he was barred from entering the library of the British Museum.
For a fascinating biographical article, see DNB, VIII, pp. 999-1004.