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The Virtual Library

Discover some of the treasures of the Emery Walker Library with our virtual books.

Turn a selection of the pages of some of our most beautiful books. This is a complete list of all our virtual books. Please choose the one you’d like to see.



Fragments translated, written out and decorated by William Morris from Sir Lancelot du Lac, the Saga of Howard the Halt, the Heimskringa Etc., 1890s

Author:William Morris

Text and illustrations by William Morris. Bound by Douglas Cockerell.  CAGM1991.1016.996.Z2

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Some Chapters of the Story of the Men of Weaponfirth, 1890s

Author: William Morris

Text and illustrations by William Morris from this unfinished story. Bound by Douglas Cockerell, 1902. CAGM1991.1016.996.Y7

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The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, 1896

Press: Kelmscott Press

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer, edited by F S Ellis

The triumph of the Kelmscott Press, illustrated by Morris’s life-long friend, the artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones.  CAGM1991.1016.996.G1

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The Kelmscott Press sample specimen book

This book was used by the Press to decide which borders and initials should be used, and has been annotated by William Morris. CAGM1991.1016.996.Z3

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The Shepherdes Calendar, 1896

Press: Kelmscott Press

Author: Edmund Spenser

Illustrated by the Birmingham-based Arts and Crafts designer and artist Arthur Gaskin.  CAGM1991.1016.996.X54

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The English Bible, vol. 1, 1903

Doves Press

Press: The Doves Press

Editor: Rev. Scrivener

Initials drawn by the calligrapher Edward Johnson.  CAGM1991.1016.996.Y9

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Men and Women, vol. 1, 1908

Author: Robert Browning

Press: Doves Press

Hand flourished by the calligrapher Edward Johnson. CAGM1991.1016.996.X2

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Lo Inferno, 1902

Author: Dante Alighieri

Press: Ashendene Press

Illustrated by Robert Catterson-Smith and decorated by Graily Hewitt.  Copy on vellum.  Bound by Katharine Adams.  CAGM1991.1016.996.T14

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Les Amours Pastorales de Daphnis et Chloe, 1933

Press: Ashendene Press

Author: Longus

Ancient Greek novel translated into French and illustrated by Gwen Raverat.  CAGM1991.1016.D27

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin, 1884

Press: Chiswick Press

Author: Robert Browning

The illustrations and type in this book were produced by Robert Dunthorne, Emery Walker’s brother-in-law.  CAGM1991.1016.996.D61

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Modern Painters, after 1843

Author: John Ruskin

Pages personally annotated by John Ruskin.  1991.1016.996.N73

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The Prayer Book of King Edward VII, 1903

Press: Essex House Press

The masterpiece of the Essex Press, with illustrations by the founder of the press, the Arts and Crafts designer C R Ashbee.  CAGM1986.1140

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Sketchbook by Ernest Gimson, 1887

Author: Ernest Gimson

One of several sketchbooks by Gimson in Cheltenham’s collection, this from one 1887 from his travels in Italy.  CAGM1941.225

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The Story of Cupid and Psyche

Press: Kelmscott Press
Illustrator: Edward Burne-Jones, engraved on wood by William Morris and others

This collection of images by Burne-Jones was for an edition of Cupid and Psyche that was never produced. They were bound by Douglas Cockerell in 1902. CAGM1991.1016.996.Y3

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