Agnes Miller Parker
'Of the Ant and of the Sygale' (The Ant and the Grasshopper)
Wood-engraved illustration from 'The Fables of Esope: translated out of Frensshe in to Englysshe by William Caxton'
Published by Gregynog Press.
National Art Library Pressmark: 95.T.41
This book reproduces the Aesop text of William Caxton (about 1422-1491), which he published in 1484. Probably from Tenterden in Kent, Caxton was the first printer in the English language. He published his first translation in 1474 in Bruges and set up a printing press at Westminster from 1476.
Gwendoline and Margaret Davies set up the Gregynog Press, or Gwasg Gregynog, in 1922 at their home, Gregynog Hall in Wales. They used traditional hot-metal typesetting and letterpress printing and illustrations by leading contemporary artists. Book illustrator Agnes Miller Parker (1895-1980) studied and later worked at Glasgow School of Art from 1911.