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Typography Tuesday: Sir Emery Walker

It may be Election Day, but it’s still also Typography Tuesday. 

William Morris’s founding of the Kelmscott Press in 1891 is usually identified as the origin of the contemporary fine-press movement. While this may be true, it is also true that Emery Walker’s iconic lecture on typography and letterpress printing at the 1888 Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society was the spark that ignited the movement. Without it, Morris may never have uttered his famous remark, “Let’s make a new fount of type!” – an utterance that led the founding of his press.

Morris’s influence cannot be overstated, but he died in 1896, while Walker, knighted for his many contributions to typography, engraving, printing, and the Arts and Crafts movement, died in 1933, leaving a legacy that is long and deep. Walker was strongly instrumental in the development of Morris’s three typefaces for Kelmscott; the ill-fated Doves type, lost for almost 100 years; the typefaces used by C. H. St. John Hornby’s Ashendene Press; and the types used at Count Harry Kessler’s German print shop, the Cranach Press.

This holiday keepsake printed in 1988 in an edition of 150 copies for The Typophiles (an organization founded in the early 20th century to encourage the appreciation of fine typography and bookmaking) for the centenary of Walker’s formative Arts and Crafts lecture and a talk given by Herbert H Johnson on Walker’s achievements, presents specimens of each of the typefaces Walker was involved in designing.  

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