He was born in 1826 in Radnorshire, but lived nearly all his life at Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire. He was apprenticed a shoemaker, but forsook that trade for that of bookseller, to which he subsequently added that of printer. He was a lover of Welsh literature and lore, and published numerous reprints of books relating to Wales, such as Evan Evans's Specimens of ancient Welsh poetry; Theophilus Evans, View of the primitive ages; A. J. Johnes, Causes of dissent in Wales; and several original works; W. Rowlands's Cambrian Bibliography, 1869; J. Jenkins, The poetry of Wales, 1873; Breezes from the Welsh mountains, 1853; Pryse's Welsh Interpreter, Pryse's Handbook to the Radnorshire and Breconshire mineral springs. In 1859 he started the publication of the Llanidloes and Newtown Telegraph, a weekly newspaper, the second to be published in Montgomeryshire. Pryse was twice married, his first wife, being the widow of Richard Mills, the musician. He died 19 October 1883.
Published date: 1959
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