Works of Ground Breaking 17th Century Poet to Be Reprinted
Byline: SARAH BATLEY
A LANDMARK book of poems,prose and proverbs by a 17th century Welsh writer is to be reprinted by a tiny mid Wales press, set up more than 80 years ago by two pioneering sisters.
The Gregynog Press, based at a beautiful black and white hall near Newtown, will launch its new edition of George Herbert: SundriePieces,next month.
The Press' first book,in 1923, was a slender collection of the Montgomery poet's religious verses.
Edited by his descendant, John Herbert, the Eighth Earl of Powis, the new book - three times the size of the first edition - will be unveiled at the ancestral castle in Welshpool.
The first 15 imprints will be bound by Julian Thomas,head binder at the National Library of Wales.
A further 200 will be bound in leather and hand-made paper by Alan Wood,and sold for pounds 375.
The book is illustrated with wood engravings by Sarah van Niekerk, who was trained at the Slade School of Fine Arts by Gertrude Hermes, who worked for the press during its pre-war heyday.
Sarah said: ``Wood engraving is the medium which best expresses what I see and what I want to see. ``George Herbert's writing is very deep and beautiful,and not in the least visual,images simply did not spring to mind.
``The images came in sideways as some kind of reference to the text,'' she said. …