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CARTER , ISAAC (d. 1741 ), printer .

A native of Carmarthenshire , he has the honour of having established the first permanent printing press in Wales . This was at Adpar (also called Trefhedyn ) in the parish of Llandyfrïog, Cards. , in 1718 ; as far as is known the first two publications to issue from the press were Cân o Senn i'w hen Feistr Tobacco by Alban Thomas and Cân ar Fesur Triban ynghylch Cydwybod a'i Chynheddfau . At least three other (and larger) works were produced by the Adpar press : Eglurhad o Gatechism Byrraf y Gymanfa , 1719 ; Dwysfawr Rym Buchedd Grefyddol , 1722 ; and Y Christion Cyffredin , 1724 .

The press was transferred to Carmarthen about 1725 . From that town came Maddeuant i'r Edifairiol , 1725 ; Gwaith a Gwobr Ffyddlon Weinidogion yr Efengyl , 1729 ; Llythyr Bugeilaidd , 1729 ; Y Cyfrif Cywiraf o'r Pechod Gwreiddiol , 1730 ; and Tarian Cristnogrwydd , 1733 .

Carter m. Ann Lewis at Cenarth , 11 Jan. 1721 ; he was buried at S. Peter's , Carmarthen , 4 May 1741 .

Sources:

  • J. Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 , 1925 ;
  • Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , i, 129-32;
  • J. H. Davies , A Bibliography of Welsh Ballads printed in the 18th century , 1908-11 .

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959