Sir Emery Walker (1851-1933) cofounded the process and general engraving firm of Walker & Boutall (later Emery Walker, Limited)
and the Kelmscott Press with William Morris. Walker later helped found the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society (1888), and
was elected to the committee of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He was also the secretary to the Hammersmith
branch of the Socialist movement, cofounded the Doves Press (1900), and was the Sandars reader in bibliography at Cambridge
University (1924-1925). The collection consists of business correspondence to Emery Walker and his business associates from
Walker was born on April 2, 1851 in Paddington, London, England; attended St. Mark's College, Chelsea, and at age 14 began
a succession of laborious occupations; met Alfred Dawson who had perfected a form of etching known as glyptography; joined
him in 1873 at the Typographic Etching Company; in 1886, Walker cofounded the process and general engraving firm of Walker
& Boutall, later Emery Walker, Limited; met William Morris; out of their talks and experiments came the Kelmscott Press, of
which Walker was for a time a virtual partner; Walker helped found the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in 1888, and was
elected to the committee of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings; became secretary to the Hammersmith branch
of the Socialist movement; in 1900 he cofounded the Doves Press; became Sandars reader in bibliography at Cambridge University,
1924-1925; was knighted in 1930; he died in Hammersmith, London on July 22, 1933.
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