A rare cache of specially-bound books published by Gregynog Press/Gwasg Gregynog Press is coming to auction at Bonham's, March 27, 2012.
The nine lots include bindings by masters James Brockman, Sally Lou Smith, Alan Wood, and Desmond Shaw.
The Gregynog Press was established in 1922, the brainchild of two sisters, Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. Located at their house, Gregynog Hall, in rural mid-Wales, during the next eighteen years the Press gained a reputation for producing limited edition books of the highest order and ranked alongside the leading Private Presses of the day.
|WHITMAN, Walt. Wrenching Times.|
Newtown: Gwasg Gregynog, 1991
Number 6 of 30 specially bound copies.
Publisher's full calf, with an all design of mountains beneath
a blue sky made up of coloured morocco onlays.
Publisher's fabric-lined solander box.
Re-established in 1978 under the Welsh title Gwasg Gregynog, the Press continues the traditions of its founders, and in January of 2002 was registered as a charity.
Gwasg Gregynog integrates the traditional crafts of hot-metal typesetting, letterpress printing and hand-binding by the finest craftsmen, into books featuring illustrations by leading contemporary artists, printing on handmade and mould-made papers, and the finest binding materials.
The private press books of Gwasg Gregynog are amongst the finest currently produced. While the intricate bindings of the specially-bound copies present a visual feast, the books themselves display beauty and harmony and are designed not only to be read but to delight the senses, as well.
The goals of the original Gregynog Press, as declared by the Founders, were:
• To introduce and encourage fine printing in Wales.
• To print certain literature, in both English and Welsh, which relates to Wales and the Welsh, and which has been hitherto unavailable except in rare volumes.
• To print editions of the English Classics.
• To bind all work at the Press Bindery.
As for the Press's resurrection, "the moving force in recreating Gwasg Gregynog was Glyn Tegai Hughes…In 1969, with encouragement from the Welsh Arts Council, a Gregynog Fellowship was established…Subsequent Gwasg Gegynog books, produced under the direction of Eric Gee, with assistance of Daivd Vickers, have also included attractive work…" (Cave, R. The Private Press, p. 242, 2d ed.).
|ESCHENBACH, Wolffram von. |
The Romance of Parzival and the Holy Grail.
Newtown: Gwasg Gregynog, 1990
Number 10 OF 15 copies specially bound by James Brockman.
Limp calf suede with covers interlaced with stained vellum straps
laced through the covers with tablets of wood, bone and enamelled metal
Preserved in publisher's silk-lined solander box.
Esslemont and Hughes 21.
Images courtesy of Bonham's, with our thanks.