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Gwasg Gregynnog, Newtown, Wales 1929 - mm (). 89, [3] pp. From William Morgan's Welsh Bible of 1588. Edited by Ifor Williams. No. 199 OF 200 COPIES, of a total edition of 225. Original Niger-backed patterned paper boards (stamped "Gregynog Press Bindery" on rear pastedown), buckram corners, raised bands, gilt spine titling, top edge gilt. Decorative wood engraved openings and initials by Horace Walter Bray, the initials in red or blue, wood engraved title (with device) in red and black. Part of text printed in blue. Harrop 14; De Zilverdistel Cat. II, 14. Head of spine faintly darkened, trivial soiling to front board, mild spots of foxing and one small marginal stain to four leaves, otherwise a very fine copy, the binding unworn, and the text clean, fresh, and bright. The most highly decorated of all the Gregynog Books, this work is called by Harrop "arguably the most ambitious Welsh language publication to come from the Press." The graceful woodcut decorations here are by Horace Walter Bray (1887-1963), a scenic painter who in 1924 was recruited by his old school friend Maynard (1888-1966) to serve as Gregynog's resident artist. Although he had no experience in wood engraving, he quickly learned the technique from Maynard, and together they provided illustrations for all but one of the Press' books published during their tenure. No. 199 OF 200 COPIES, of a total edition of 225. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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