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Fine books and prints:
A selection in celebration of Robert Owen (1771-1858)
of Newtown, New Lanark and New Harmony
Robert Owen, the eighteenth-century social reformer and founder of the Cooperative Movement was born in Newtown (some five miles south of the Press's home) in 1771, and died there in 1858. This small volume, published by Gwasg Gregynog on the 150th anniversary of his death, comprises a selection of ten hymns from the now rare pocket-size volume Social Hymns, for the use of the Friends of the Rational System of Society published by the Owenite 'Association of All Classes of All Nations' in 1838.
Selected by Glyn Tegai Hughes, the hymns are hand-set by Gerard O'Shea in 12pt Monotype Imprint series 101, and printed by David Vickers on Somerset Book Wove mould-made paper. Each copy is hand-sewn at the Press by Karen Hall and presented in a wrap-around Ingres paper cover. The edition is limited to 200 numbered copies only. 16pp., 235x160mm.
Example pages: click on an image for a larger version.