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The Caseg Broadsheets of Welsh Poetry
The Caseg Press 1942. Each of the 6 Broadsheets housed loosely in a clear plastic folder with a black leaf as a background, within card covers on which the title has been hand written in ink by John Petts to the upper cover and on the verso there is a tipped in leaf with his address in red inks (Cambria House) with a compliments note and then further notes by hand including the Ty'r Mynydd address, printed at the Gomerian Press, Llandyssul, South Wales with the exception of No 1 which was both published and printed at Caseg, very faint and minimal spotting to sheet 3. Housed in its custom made grey cloth dropback box with printed paper label. The BroadSheets Are: No 1. Raiders Dawn & Song of Innocence, poems by Alun Lewis. The wood-engraving: Debris Searcher by John Petts. No 2. Penillion, translated by H Idris Bell, with 2 wood engravings, one each by Petts and Chamberlain. No 3. War and Wales and Rhyfel a Chymru, with 2 drawings, 1 by Chamberlain the other by Petts. No 4. To a Welksh Woman. The Circle of C. From the Green Heart. From Lovesong. Poems by Roberts and Chamberlain, wood engraving by Petts. No 5. From In Memory of Ann Jones, by Dylan Thomas, drawing by Brenda Chamberlain. No 6. Spring (Gwanwyn), translated from The cynfeirdd by H. Idris Bell; wood engraving: Flower of the bone, by John Petts. Uncommon to find together in such great condition and nice with the Petts connection. In 1931 Chamberlain met artist/craftsman John Petts, whom she married in 1935. In 1936 they moved back to Wales, making a home in a pair of cottages, Ty'r Mynydd, near Llanllechid in Caernarvonshire. The pair set up the Caseg Press, producing greetings cards, postcards and bookplates and held a joint exhibition in 1937. As World War Two encroached upon their artistic life, conscientious objector Petts departed to join a field ambulance unit in Europe and the Middle East. Chamberlain remained in Wales and temporarily stopped in her artistic endeavour for poetry. Following a suggestion by Alun Lewis they worked together in producing the Caseg Broadsheets, a series of six broadsheets limited to 500 copies of each, featuring poems by themselves, Dylan Thomas and Lynette Roberts.
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