Giraldus Cambrensis: itinerary through Wales



Newtown: Gwasg Gregynog, 1989.

Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Brynley F. Roberts. Designed and printed by David Esslemont. Illustrated with wood engravings by Colin Paynton and signed by him on the Colophon. Number 61 of 280 (300) copies set in 14 pt. Bembo type and printed on Zerkall mould-made paper. Title and chapter numbers in red. Wood engraving borders printed in a two-colour combination of red, blue, yellow and green. 15 X 9 ins. xvi, 102 pp. Quarter red goatskin with gilt rule and grey paper covered boards by Zaehnsdorf. Gilt spine titling. T.E.G., others uncut. Title-panel and spine-lettering by Michael Harvey. 33 wood engravings by Colin Paynton printed from the wood. Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales) was archdeacon of Brecon and a chronicler of his times. His 12th century itinerary through Wales was a tour of the country with the archbishop of Canterbury whipping up support for the Third Crusade. It is considered one of the earliest pieces of travel writing. Previous owner’s bookplate on front paste-down. Signed wood engraving by Colin Paynton loosely inserted. A fine copy in its original grey paper covered slipcase with a few minor spots. Winner in its category – 1990 British Book Design and Production Exhibition.

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