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The best new Private Press in the UK?

The best new Private Press in the UK?

Date posted: 20th April 2014

The newest and most exciting private press in Wales, The Gwydir Press, has launched its first publication Pwll Prince of Dyved. A mediaeval tale of the Mabinogion.

The Gwydir Press produces fine, limited edition books using traditional letterpress methods. All books are typeset by hand and are illustrated using original print-block techniques. They are printed on a nineteenth century Franklin plated press and are bound by hand, using traditional fine-binding methods. The Press is located in the historic, Tudor surroundings of Gwydir Castle in North Wales. The Castle has early associations with printing, literature and the bardic tradition.

‘Pwyll, Prince of Dyved’ is the presses first book and has been limited to just 140 copies, making it a highly-collectable book from a new press in Wales. It contains eight linocut illustrations by Peter Welford, each book signed and numbered by the artist. The book has been hand bound in quarter green Goatskin, with boards in a rusty coloured French waxed paper, with accompanying slip case by Judy Corbett. Printed at the Press, on Maganani Mould paper by Kenneth Burnley.

[Pwyll being one of the four branches of the Mabinogi (“Stories of Boyhood Deed”) which was translated and published in 1849 by Lady Charlotte Guest [1812-1895]. This Gwydir Press publication is a copy of that translation].