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PRYS , STAFFORD ( 1732 - 1784 ), bookseller and printer of books at Shrewsbury ;

christened in 1732 , the second son of Stafford Price , M.D. , and Mary ( Evans ) — the father of the family of Pertheirin , Llanwnnog, Mont. , and the mother of the family of Stradling (qq.v.), S. Donats, Glam. Stafford Prys was apprenticed to Thomas Durston (q.v.) , 21 Nov. 1750 , and became a freeman of the ‘ Combrethren of Saddlers … ’, Shrewsbury , on 24 May 1758 , the year in which he started as a master-printer in that town; on his death, in 1784 , the business was continued by his wife Ann Prys ( 1737 - 1826 ), daughter of Thomas Bright , Shrewsbury . Stafford Prys printed a large number of Welsh books and ballads at Shrewsbury ; for the titles of some of them see the source-books listed below. In one of his first ( 1758 ) publications, a ballad, he announces to his ‘ Cydwladwyr y Cymru ’ (‘ his fellow-country men the Welsh ’) that he has just set up a printing press.

Sources:

  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 ;
  • J. H. Davies , A Bibliography of Welsh Ballads printed in the 18th century , 1908-11 ;
  • Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 , 1925 ;
  • Llewelyn C. Lloyd , ‘The Book-Trade in Shropshire …’ in Transactions of the Shropshire Archaeological and Natural History Society , 1935 and 1936.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959