From the Library of Emery WalkerWilliam Butler Yeats. The Collected Works in Verse and Prose of William Butler Yeats. Stratford-on-Avon: Shakespeare Head Press, 1908.
Edition limited to 1,060 sets, per Allan Wade. Eight octavo volumes, complete. ix, 244; 258; 239; 247; 261; 266; 299; 287 pages. Portrait frontispieces in four volumes.
Publisher's quarter-vellum over gray linen boards. Gilt lettering. Top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Vellum rubbed, lightly soiled and yellowing slightly; cloth lightly soiled. Stray ink marks to boards of two volumes. Minor wear to extremities, primarily corners. Free endpapers toned. With printed label on front pastedown of Volume I reading: " From the Library of Emery Walker, No. VII The Terrace, Hammersmith." A sturdy set with clean pages in very good condition.
Emery Walker (1851-1933) was a London printer who served as mentor and adviser to his close friend William Morris. It was Walker's 1888 presentation on fifteenth-century typefaces that inspired Morris to develop and set up his Kelmscott Press. In 1900, with bookbinder T. J. Cobden-Sanderson as his partner, Walker set up the Doves Press, his own fine press. Walker was an influential exponent and proponent of the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement, and in 1930 he was knighted for his contributions to art and society.
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