Emery Walker (1851–1933) inspired and facilitated the private press movement and raised general standards in printing and typography – largely reflected through others’ work. Who was he, what exactly was his influence, and how was ‘the most lovable of men’ a protagonist in the bitterest dispute in typographic history?

Simon Loxley is a graphic designer and author of Emery Walker: Arts, Crafts and a World in Motion (2019), Type is Beautiful: The Story of Fifty Remarkable Fonts (2016), Printer’s Devil: The Life and Work of Frederic Warde (2013), and Type: The Secret History of Letters (2004). He designed and edited Ultrabold, the St. Bride Library journal (2006–2016).

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