Grongar Hill and Other Poems



Llamdelo: the Grongar Press, 1977.

A poem by John Dyer (1726) who was raised in a house at the foot of Grongar Hill. Edited and Prefaced by Lynn Hughes. Printed for private distribution by the Grogar Press. Number 42 of 50 (150) special copies bound in full red polished calf by Zaehnsdorf and with wood engravings hand-coloured by the artist. Signed by the editor and artist. Hand-set in Caslon Old Face type and printed on hand-made paper. 11.5 X 6 ins. 44 pp. + Colophon. Bound in full niger scarlet with gilt titling and decorations between five raised bands. Gilt filleted board edges and gilt rules on turn-ins. T.E.G. Portrait of John Dyer blind-embossed on upper cover. John Dyer, (1699-1757) was a Welsh poet and painter. Although trained as a painter poetry came easier: “As yet I but in verse can paint”. Today, “Grongar Hill” is considered his finest poem and and an intimation of romanticism to come. Wordsworth addressed a sonnet to John Dyer and praised his ability to conjure up “a living landscape”. Fine copy with faint scratch on rear cover.

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