The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part III – The Fables of Esope, Gregynog Press

{Ed. Note: This is the third in a series on ‘The Great Illustrated Private Press Books‘ by Books and Vines Contributor dlphcoracl.  Part I is here and Part II is here.} In the most recent installment of this series, featuring the 1973 Officina Bodoni edition of The Fables of Aesop, astute Books and Vines readers will have noted that I stated within the introduction: ‘Aesop’s Fables’ is firmly ensconced … Continue reading The Great Illustrated Private Press Books, Part III – The Fables of Esope, Gregynog Press

The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, Gwasg Gregynog (1988)

The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane (1871–1900), is an influential American classic war novel which explores themes of heroism, cowardice and the deep, harsh reality of war (the idealism of such versus the reality).  Told in third person, from a psychological ‘inner-experience’ perspective, the novel uses color imagery and symbolism to paint a realistic portrait of war, especially the intense struggle with fear that each individual must tackle when facing … Continue reading The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, Gwasg Gregynog (1988)

Giraldus Cambrensis – Itinerary Through Wales, Gwasg Gregynog, 1989

{Ed. Note: This article is the latest from Books and Vines contributor Neil.} Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales) was born in Pembrokshire in around 1146.  His father, William De Barry, was a leading Welsh nobleman of Norman/Welsh ancestry.  His uncle was the Bishop of St.David’s and he received a religious education.  In 1188 he accompanied The Archbishop of Canterbury, Baldwin of Exeter, on a tour … Continue reading Giraldus Cambrensis – Itinerary Through Wales, Gwasg Gregynog, 1989

The Work of Rigby Graham: ‘Kippers & Sawdust’ from The Old Stile Press (1992) and ‘Pennant and his Welsh Landscapes’, from Gwasg Gregynog (2006)

{Books and Vines contributor Neil provided this excellent article/pictures on the artist Rugby Graham and two books containing his work}. Rigby Graham is one of the most important landscape painters of the late twentieth century.  His archive, lodged at Manchester Metropolitan University, is a central resource for the study of landscape and topographic painting, the neo-romantic movement, lithographic and wood-cut printing, book-illustration and production, and … Continue reading The Work of Rigby Graham: ‘Kippers & Sawdust’ from The Old Stile Press (1992) and ‘Pennant and his Welsh Landscapes’, from Gwasg Gregynog (2006)

‘Poems’ by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gwasg Gregynog, 2000

{Ed. Note: Thanks to Books and Vines contributor Celtic (Neil) for the pictures of this book.} Gwasg Gregynog publishes some very beautiful books, as you have seen here and here. Pictures below of their edition of Goethe’s Poems add to my admiration for this fine press producer. Just look at the paper and text! Gwasg Gregynog published Goethe – Poems in 2000 in honor of the … Continue reading ‘Poems’ by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gwasg Gregynog, 2000

The Story of Heledd, Gwasg Gregynog, 1994

{Ed. Note: This is the latest from Books and Vines contributor Celtic (Neil)}. The Story of Heledd is found in the Red Book of Hergest, taken from the Welsh saga poetry and believed to date from around the ninth or tenth century. The story (song) is narrated by the main character, Heledd.   Heledd is believed to be the last remaining member of the royal house of Powys, following the advance of … Continue reading The Story of Heledd, Gwasg Gregynog, 1994

Inwards Where All the Battle Is, by Alun Lewis, from Gwasg Gregynog 1997

{Ed. Note: This is another outstanding contribution from Librarything user Celtic (Neil), whose first article on Books and Vines was on Palladio’s Homes}. Alun Lewis, the finest Welsh poet of the second world war, was born on 1st July 1915 at Cwmaman, a South Wales mining village.  His father was a school teacher and his three brothers worked in the mines.  From a young age he felt that … Continue reading Inwards Where All the Battle Is, by Alun Lewis, from Gwasg Gregynog 1997