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Welcome to the Emery Walker Library

The Emery Walker Library is a large collection of books and associated material belonging to the printer and book lover Emery Walker (1851-1933).

Emery Walker's library in his house at 7, Hammersmith Terrace, LondonIt is housed at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and contains many books relating to the Private Press Movement. Private press books are produced by individuals, rather than by large companies. There was a great flowering in these handmade books in the late 19th and early 20th centuries which contributed to the high standards of book design and typography still current today. Emery Walker was the pivotal figure and inspiration behind this Movement.

The heart of the library consists of private press books and associated material from the Kelmscott, Doves and Ashendene Presses and other private presses in Britain, Europe and America. The library is on the Art Gallery & Museum’s collections database and the process of digitising the books and the associated archive material is in progress.

Discover some of Walker’s books through our Virtual Library.  Turn the pages of Kelmscott, Doves, Ashendene and Essex Press books as well as books personally illustrated and written by William Morris, Ernest Gimson and John Ruskin.

Emery Walker’s library was acquired by Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum in 1990. The library was purchased by private treaty sale with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the MGC/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the British Library, the Pilgrim Trust, the John Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust and the National Art Collections Fund.

Find out more about Emery Walker and the Private Press Movement

Turn the pages of some of the beautiful books in the Virtual Library

Explore Cheltenham’s Emery Walker Library on our collections database

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