Newtown, Powys, Wales: Gwasg Gregynog, 1990. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number XX of XXV numbered copies in special binding by Alan Wood (total edition 900), quarto size, 87 pp. Fine. Item #CNJL615
The Gregynog Press was established by philanthropic sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies at their country home in mid-Wales in 1922; during its first twenty-three years the press garnered a reputation that ranked alongside the most prestigious private presses of its day. It was reestablished in 1978 under its Welsh title, Gwasg Gregynog, continuing loyally in the traditions of its founders. Compiled by David Esslemont and Glyn Tegai Hughes, this major work of reference contains full bibliographical details of the books and ephemera produced at Gregynog between 1970 and 1990.
___DESCRIPTION: Original quarter white goatskin with black goatskin over boards, rules blocked in white to front and back boards surrounding rectangular cut-outs revealing collages of fragments of Press material mounted under panels of transparent vellum, title stamped in black to backstrip, top-edge gilt, matching white ruling to pastedowns, forty-one illustrations in various colours taken from Gwasg Gregynog publications and numerous tipped-in specimens; Monotype Bembo type, acid-free Archive Bookend Cartridge paper, quarto size (12.25" by 8 1/8"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xii  2-74 [1 colophon], first and limited edition, this number XX of XXV numbered copies, total edition 900. Housed in a felt-lined fall-down-back box of black cloth covered boards with black leather title-label inlaid to backstrip and lettered in white.
___CONDITION: Fine, in a fine case; a stunning production, clean, crisp, like new.
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