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Parker, Agnes Miller.
Wood Engravings from "The Fables of Esope" [and] ...XXI Welsh Gypsy Folk-Tales.
1996. Gwasg Gregynog: [Newtown Powys Wales], 1996. 2 vols., folio, [36; 56 pp.], on watermarked laid paper, with 44 wood-engraved plates on hand-made Japanese Gampi vellum paper. Quarter yellow and red cloth, patterned boards, slipcases, as new. § Limited to 185 copies, these are copies #74 and 75. The illustrations are reprinted from the original blocks; the text, by Ian Rogerson, is "John Sampson and the Gypsies of Wales" and "The Story of a Remarkable Book". Pirages notes of his copy: "Scottish painter and printmaker Agnes Miller Parker (1895-1980) met Blair Hughes-Stanton and Gertrude Hermes while teaching art in London, and this husband-wife team helped her refine her wood engraving techniques. The three artists and Miller Parker's husband William McCance moved to Wales in 1930 to help produce fine limited edition books for the Gregynog Press. According to DNB, "'The Fables of Esope' (1932) and 'XXI Welsh Gypsy Folk-Tales' (1933) illustrated by Agnes' engravings are rightly celebrated as among the finest of the period: her silvery and exquisitely stylized representations are reproduced by superb press work."
Bookseller: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller [U.S.A.]

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