GERALD OF WALES. ITINERARY THROUGH WALES; DESCRIPTION OF WALES
'Itinerarium Cambriae or a curiouse description of the paynefull Journey of Baldwyn, Archbushop of Canterburye, thoroughe Wales. Written first in latine by Sil. Giraldus Cambrensis. With the Annotations of David Powell, Doctor of Divinitye. Englished by George Owen, gentleman, 1602'. 'The description of Wales written first in Latine by Sylvester Giraldus Cambrensis, with the annotations of David Powell, doctor of divinitie. Englished by George Owen gentleman, 1602'. These works contain numerous corrections which indicate that this is an autograph manuscript by the translator, who signs as 'George Owen' (f.2v, f.116r), but is better known as George Owen Harry (c.1553-c.1614), antiquary and Rector of Whitchurch in Cemais and Llanfihangel Penbedw, Pembrokeshire. Gerald of Wales, or Giraldus Cambrensis (c.1146-c.1220) accompanied Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury (d.1190) on a journey through Wales in 1188. His Itinerarium Cambriae and his Cambriae Descriptio were first published in 1585 in a version edited by David Powel, sometimes known as Powell, (1552?-1598), cleric and historian. This appeared as 'Pontici Virunnii ... Britannicae historiae libri sex ... praefixus est catalogus regum Britanni, per Davidum Pouelum. Itinerarium Cambriae ... descriptio, auctore Sil. Giraldo Canbrense, cum annotationibus Davidis Poueli - Cambriae descriptio, auctore Sil. Giraldo Cambrense, cum annotationibus Davidis Poueli...' (London, 1585). The translation by George Owen Harry is from this edition.