The Twyn Barlwm Press of John Gawsworth

Mishka and Madeleine A Poem Sequence for Marcia illustrated with 12 Drawings by Tristram Rainey Edition of 150 Copies, John Gawsworth, Published by The Twyn Barlwm Press, London (1932). View the whole book at

Book Condition: Very Good. Tristram Rainey (illustrator). 1st Edition. Quarto size book, 29 pages, black and white drawings by Tristram Rainey, very good condition in publisher’s cloth binding, some foxing, binding slightly rubbed, short scrape on front cover. Number 14 of an edition of 150 copies for sale.

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Some strong sonnetsfrom a 20 year old John Gawsworth (1912-1970) here, with illustrations from a 22 year old Tristram Rainey (1910-1991) in the style of Aubrey Beardsley – he was primarily a painter.

Terence Ian Fytton Armstrong, better known as John Gawsworth (and also sometimes known as T. I. F. Armstrong), was a British writer, poet and compiler of anthologies, both of poetry and of short stories. He also used the pseudonym Orpheus Scrannel (alludes to Milton’s Lycidas). He became the king of Redonda in 1947 and became known as King Juan I. He ran the Twyn Barlwm Press, a small press publishing some well-known poets, its title inspired by the mountain Twyn Barlwm in South Wales.  He later published through the Richards Press.

All about his life and poetry:


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