Humphreys, R. William Ryle Davies, 1844-1901. Caernarfon, [Wales]: R. B. Ellis, 1904. First Edition.
Green cloth decorated in gilt & white, 5 x 7 1/2 inches, headcap worn, white ink splash on back cover. 168 pp. plus illustrations, light foxing, tight. Good. Hardcover. 
Biography of the Calvinistic Methodist minister William Ryle Davies. The Methodists of Wales trace their roots more closely to the Whitefield and Countess of Huntington side of the Evangelical Revival of the 18th century, rather than to the Wesleyan one.
Davies "worked in a slate quarry until he was 25 years of age. He was prevailed upon to study for the ministry, and after a course of training at Bala College he went to Edinburgh, but, owing to failing health, his stay there was shortened, and he had to return to his native country. He afterwards accepted the pastorate of one of the Calvinistic Methodist churches in London...He was a power preacher, and an excellent prose writer. He contributed several able articles - chiefly on philosophical subjects - to the Welsh magazines." - Roberts, Eminient Welshmen (1908).