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The history of
Astronomy in
Wales:
Introduction



Published
Summaries
of the Subject



People


Publications:
Books and
Journals



Astronomical
Societies in
Wales



Astronomical
Observatories
in Wales



Universities
in Wales



Historic
Observations



Eclipses in
Wales



Meteorite
Falls in Wales



Names of
astronomical
objects



Odds and
ends



Commentary


Web
Links



  

SERYDDIAETH   A   SERYDDWYR
BY   SILAS   EVANS


The book

The Rev. John Silas Evans (later Canon John Silas Evans) wrote the most renowned book about Astronomy in the Welsh language. The book was called Seryddiaeth a Seryddiaeth (Welsh for Astronomy and Astronomers) and was published in 1923 by William Lewis (Printers) Ltd. of Cardiff. It was 334 pages long and included 117 monochrome illustrations, both photographs and drawings. A list of Canon Evans's astronomical books from the 1930's stated that the book was in its "third thousand", indicating a degree of popularity. It was reprinted in 1945 by Hugh Evans and Sons of Liverpool. The book informed many about the science and inspired them to further study.

The importance of Seryddiaeth a Seryddiaeth, however, extends even further than its reputation as a Welsh language classic. Chapter 24, entitled Seryddiaeth yng Nghymru (Astronomy in Wales) gives a good introduction to the history astronomy in Wales in the period before the 20th century, and provides an unique account of amateur astronomy in the first two decades of the 20th century. It is for this reason that the book claims a high profile in these Web pages.

Silas Evans acknowledged the support of Arthur Mee, particularly for information relating to the history of astronomy in Wales: the volume was dedicated to Mee (see the Web page about Arthur Mee for details of the dedication).

1923 title page Left: the title page of the 1923 first printing of Seryddiaeth a Seryddwyr.

1945 title page Left: the title page of the 1945 reprint of Seryddiaeth a Seryddwyr.



Available Web resources

It is possible to reproduce material from the book now that it is out of copyright. The following information relating to Seryddiaeth a Seryddwyr is therefore provided on these Web pages:




   
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