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Kyffin: A Celebration

IN JULY 2006 Gwasg Gregynog decided to commission and publish a collection of essays edited by Derec Llwyd Morgan as a tribute to Sir Kyffin Williams, one of Wales's most distinguished, most famous artists. A few weeks later Sir Kyffin died. The idea of the book survived, now as a cyfrol goffa, much more of a celebration than a memorial, but that too. Kyffin:A Celebration contains memoirs of him as teacher, friend, mentor and neighbour; essays on various aspects of his work (his landscapes, his portraits, his Snowdonia, his Venice); a piece on his diaries; and two elegies, originally written in Welsh and printed here with English translations. The book brilliantly captures his colourful character, his generosity of spirit, his wit and fervour, and appraises his astounding artistic achievement.

DEREC LLWYD MORGAN, poet, literary historian and critic, was Professor of Welsh at Aberystwyth, 1989-95, and then Vice-Chancellor until 2004 (he was also Senior Vice-Chancellor of the federal University of Wales between 2001 and 2004). From 1989 until 1993 he was President of the Court of the National Eisteddfod. His chief academic books are Y Diwygiad Mawr, 1981, and Y Beibl a Llenyddiaeth Gymraeg, 1998. He chairs the Sir Kyffin Williams Trust.


Designed by David Vickers, Controller of Gwasg Gregynog, and printed by him on a Heidelberg letterpress cylinder press. The typeface is Monotype Bembo Series 270: the text cast in 14 point at Gregynog by Gerard O'Shea, from spools produced by Speed-spools of Edinburgh; the headings hand-set in 18 point, and the book printed on Zerkall 7624 Soft White, Smooth, 145 gsm mould-made paper. Linocuts are printed direct from the original blocks.The endpaper design is from Sir Kyffin's original drawing for the special binding of Two Old Men, published in 1981. The edition is limited to 360 copies, of which numbers 1-300 are for sale.These will be bound by John Sewell in quarter leather with hand-sewn silk endbands, titled in gold on the spine, and cloth sides blocked in black on the upper cover. Presented in a cloth-covered slipcase. Fifty copies, numbered I-L, have been privately commissioned in unbound sheets, and provided to Fellows and Licentiates of Designer Bookbinders: the resulting bindings (which will be for sale) will form a travelling exhibition, illustrated by catalogue. Please enquire for further details of these bindings.

84 pages, 180x260mm. ISBN 0 9541942 9 2

A generous legacy to the Press in Sir Kyffin's will enables the quarter leather copies to be offered at £350.

Price: £350 (Bound)
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