Agnes Miller Parker, Her Wood-Engravings for Gregynog Press

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Agnes Miller Parker (1895-1980) was a Scottish painter, illustrator and celebrated wood-engraver. She was born in Irvine and from 1911-1917 attended the Glasgow School of Art where she met the art critic and painter William McCance who she married in 1918. McCance and Miller Parker lived in Chiswick in the twenties and were near … Continue reading Agnes Miller Parker, Her Wood-Engravings for Gregynog Press

Gertrude Hermes and the ‘Gregynog’ Selborne, Gwasg Gregynog (1988)

{Ed. Note: This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Gertrude Hermes, OBE, RA (1901 – 1983) was an outstanding sculptor and wood engraver whose work spanned much of the twentieth century. In the opinion of Simon Brett, “her prints stand in the history of British Modernism alongside the paintings of Nicholson and the sculpture of Moore and Hepworth.” The story of Hermes’ association with Gregynog Press is interesting and sad. The … Continue reading Gertrude Hermes and the ‘Gregynog’ Selborne, Gwasg Gregynog (1988)

‘The History of Saint Louis’ by John, Lord of Joinville, The Gregynog Press (1937)

{Ed. Note: This article is courtesy of Books and Vines contributor Neil.}. The first incarnation of The Gregynog Press in rural Wales from 1922-1940 under the patronage of the wealthy Davies sisters (Margaret and Gwendoline) can be viewed as having four distinct phases reflecting the backgrounds, talents and skills of the controllers (all with the support of  skilled and long-serving printers, compositors and binders)  who were responsible for … Continue reading ‘The History of Saint Louis’ by John, Lord of Joinville, The Gregynog Press (1937)

The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan, The Cresset Press & The Shakespeare Head Press (1928)

{Ed. Note: This article is courtesy of Books and Vines contributor Neil.} The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come is an enormously influential Christian allegory written by John Bunyan and published in 1678. It is considered one of the most significant and important works of English literature. Though regrettably it is seldom read now, for many years it was second only to The … Continue reading The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan, The Cresset Press & The Shakespeare Head Press (1928)

The Apocrypha, Cresset Press (1929)

{This article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} The Apocrypha (from the Greek word meaning ‘hidden’/’hidden away’/’obscure’) are those books of the Bible that are not regarded by some as canonical, but are usually included anyway as they are viewed as ‘books proceeding from godly men’.  They were found in early manuscripts and early printed editions as part of the Old Testament and were first published as a separate … Continue reading The Apocrypha, Cresset Press (1929)

Birds, Beasts and Flowers by D.H Lawrence; Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Cresset Press (1930)

{Ed. Note: This article, the second in a week highlighting a book from The Cresset Press, is from Books and Vines contributor Neil.  Birds, Beasts and Flowers by D.H Lawrence with wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Cresset Press 1930.} D.H. Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire, England.  He was an essayist, novelist, poet and short-story writer.  Lawrence is best known for his novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928). Although he is better … Continue reading Birds, Beasts and Flowers by D.H Lawrence; Wood-engravings by Blair Hughes-Stanton, The Cresset Press (1930)

The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930

{Ed. Note: This fine article is from Books and Vines contributor Neil. The Shepheardes Calender  by Edmund Spenser, published by The Cresset Press in 1930, printed by George W. Jones and illustrated by John Nash with pochoir stencilling from the Curwen Press.} Edmund Spenser (1552-1599) was an English poet best known for his epic allegorical poem The Fairie Queene. He was born in London and attended the Merchant Taylors’ School … Continue reading The Shepheardes Calender by Edmund Spenser, Illustrations by John Nash, Printed by George W. Jones, Published by The Cresset Press in 1930