through such enlightened co-operation and generosity the long awaited and persistently advocated volume has appeared. It is appropriate that in this first volume a beginning is made to set the stage on which the "dwellers in the land" of Brychan came to have trafficings with nature, with one another and with the Unseen. This will be continued in succeeding volumes for it is realized that an adequate knowledge of the stage or of the natural environment is essential if human activities are to be properly understood and appreciated. It is not proposed, however, that Brycheiniog should wait for the completed stage, not even in outline, before proceeding to present the trafficings, and articles dealing with these in their many aspects will appear con- currently in its volumes. There remains the pleasant duty of thanking all who have helped so wholeheartedly in the preparation and publication of this first volume, and, in particular, the distinguished writers who have so readily and so liberally contributed from their special knowledge. They are known already as the proved friends of the county, and once more they have placed their expert services at its disposal. Other eminent friends are contributing to subsequent volumes and to them grateful thanks are tendered. It is also a duty to acknowledge the most valuable co-operation of the Printers-Messrs. R. H. Johns, Limited-who have been so very helpful and so thoroughly efficient. Any survey of the growth of interest in local history within the county inevitably brings to mind the name of the late Col. Sir John Lloyd, who through the first half of the present century never wearied in reminding us of the wealth of our inheritance and of our obligations in respect of it. It is in gratitude and with pride that an appreciation of his life and work is included in this first volume.