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The Private Presses after the War

Our current Emery Walker Library display

A new display drawing on the collection of private press books belonging to the printer and member of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Emery Walker. Walker, who inspired and encouraged many of the presses of the Private Press Movement, amassed a library that reflect the development of the Private Press Movement from its beginnings in the 1890s through to the 1930s.

Most of the private presses in Britain shut down during the First World War. Some started up again in the 1920s, and many new presses were formed. This small exhibition charts these new developments in printing and illustration in the 1920s and early 1930s through the works in Emery Walker’s Library, including his impact on international presses in Germany and America, and his own last venture, The Odyssey. The display includes books by the Ashendene Press, the Cranach Press, the Gregynog Press and pieces by Bruce Rogers among others.

You can find the display in the Open Archive (formerly known as the Paper Store).

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