Wild Wales:Its People, Language and Scenery
by George Henry Borrow (1862, 1901 ed.)
The author, in his own words: "The present is a book about Wales and Welsh matters. He who does me the honour of perusing it will be conducted to many a spot not only remarkable for picturesqueness, but for having been the scene of some extraordinary event, or the birth-place or residence of a hero or a man of genius; he will likewise be not unfrequently introduced to the genuine Welsh, and made acquainted with what they have to say about Cumro and Saxon, buying and selling, fattening hogs and poultry, Methodism and baptism, and the poor, persecuted Church of England. An account of the language of Wales will be found in the last chapter. It has many features and words in common with the Sanscrit, and many which seem peculiar to itself, or rather to the family of languages, generally called the Celtic, to which it belongs." An extraordinary linguist, George Borrow's mastery of the language of the Welsh afforded him the unique - and as yet unsurpassed - opportunity to study the people of Wales. Very little about their customs, traditions, superstitions, and way of life escaped his notice. Originally published 1861.
This fine eBook faithfully preserves the 1901 illustrated edition with its dozen or so renderings by A. S. Hartrick. The book is fully searchable and fully printable. Enjoy! (579pp, 13 illust)