UK Linotype type designs, technical papers on market

March 15th, 2014

LinoSale2SThe blog of Eye Magazine has a post about drawings from the UK branch of Linotype being on the open market. They are being sold individually and in small groups from a variety of dealers, but all ultimately came from The Font Archive which is using them as a fundraising source for its digital archiving activities.

–Bob McCamant

Oxford Wayzgoose announced for October

February 10th, 2014

The Oxford Guild of Printers will hold its biennial Wayzgoose on Saturday 11th October from 10am to 5pm at Oxford Brookes University. 30 – 40 tables of private presses, printing equipment, specialist booksellers &c. Entry is free. More details on the Guild’s website.

–Bob McCamant

Talk Feb. 19 in Birmingham; deadline for London papers

February 5th, 2014

On February 19, designer Brian Webb will talk on “Books with Stories: Thrills, spills, romance, happy endings. Bindings, blurbs, letterpress, linocuts. Type with pointy bits, type without. Every job has a story.” It’s from 17:30 to 19:30 in Room 418, The Parkside Building, Birmingham City University, 5 Cardigan Street. They’d like you to reserve in advance.

And don’t forget, in October 2014 the Printing Historical Society will commemorate its fiftieth anniversary and its role in the encouragement of printing history. To celebrate this milestone, they’ll host several events, foremost of which is a two-day conference on “Landmarks in Printing: from origins to the digital age.” They invite papers that cover all aspects of the printing arts and industry, including the cultural, practical, and technical achievements of the craft. They’re looking for a wide body of speakers to include printers, graphic designers, typographers, publishers, papermakers, librarians, collectors, booksellers, bookbinders and historians. But the deadline for papers is creeping up: it’s noon (GMT) on February 28. Look at this for the details.

–Bob McCamant

Major artist book event in Guadalajara, México, Feb. 19-22

January 31st, 2014

I told you to send your books long ago. Now the event is at hand, but you’ve probably still got time to buy tickets. There are book shows, book fairs, seminars, and even a unique make-an-appointment-to-talk-to-an-expert. Get the full story here.

February 5 update: It’s not closed yet, and you can participate without going.

If you’d like to send books without going in person, this is the agreement you’ll make with them. You’re holding them harmless for damage, and agreeing to let them take 30% of whatever price you set, among other things.

Then, if I understand it correctly, you’ll pay for the space your books will take up, just as if you were going to be there in person. And, finally, you’ll fill out the form describing the books you are sending.

–Bob McCamant

Oak Knoll Fest Announced for October 3-4

January 16th, 2014

This just in from Bob Fleck:

“I am very pleased to announce that Oak Knoll Fest XVIII will be held on October 4th and 5th this year. We will also schedule an education seminar on Friday, October 3rd which some of you might like to attend.

Some of you have asked if this might be the last Fest and I’m really torn in trying to answer that. With the advent of the Oxford Fair, Codex and now the special fair being held in New York in April, I’m not quite sure how you all feel about continuing the Fest after this year. I will take the view that this will be the last one unless you all convince me otherwise after reviewing the results of this year’s Fest.

Meanwhile, I’m going to make sure that this is the best Fest that we have ever had and have plans for getting additional PR surrounding that weekend.

We only have room for 40 presses so please reserve quickly using the link below. The first to register was Simon Lawrence who hasn’t done a Fest for years. He has already gotten his room at the Terry House in preparation!

Best wishes

–Bob McCamant

Fellowships at Pyramid Atlantic

January 12th, 2014

Pyramid Atlantic, the book-and-print art facility in Silver Spring, Maryland (a suburb of DC), has a new series of month-long fellowships, called Denbo Fellowships. They offer the use of their facilities, some instruction, plus a $500 stipend, in return for being collegial and talking about your work. The deadline to apply for Spring and Summer Fellowships is February 14 and the deadline for Fall Fellowships is July 1. Look here to apply, though there is a fee for application.

–Bob McCamant

Gerry Leonidas talks in Birmingham

January 7th, 2014

Gerry Leonidas has led a large portion of the world’s younger type designers through the program at University of Reading. He’ll visit Birmingham on January 29 to talk about “display” typefaces–the ones which were traditionally used for headlines, but have now become so varied and ubiquitous that they’re used for about everything. Should be interesting. Though it’s free, you should tell them you’re coming by booking here.

And while we’re talking Birmingham, the deadline (January 31) for paper proposals for their conference in July is quickly approaching. Details are here.

–Bob McCamant

Mystery resolved: RIT buys Kelmscott/Goudy press

December 10th, 2013

The famous press went for $233,000 last week, but the bookseller who made the buy, Bromer Booksellers of Boston, was hiding his client for the time being. RIT sent out a news release today:

The highest bidder at the Christie’s auction for the Kelmscott/Goudy Albion iron hand press No. 6551 was Rochester Institute of Technology’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection. The press, manufactured by Hopkinson & Cope in 1891, sold for $233,000 on Dec. 6. It will arrive on the RIT campus within the next few weeks.

The Cary Collection’s purchase was made possible by the generous support of the Brooks Bower family. Bower, a 1974 graduate of the School of Print Media, is an RIT trustee and chairman and chief executive officer of Papercone Corp., an envelope-manufacturing firm in Louisville, Ky.

Steven Galbraith, curator of the Cary Collection, said the Albion No. 6551 is one of the most extraordinary presses in printing history and its remarkable provenance began with its original owner, English designer William Morris, who used the press to print the celebrated Works of Geoffrey Chaucer for his Kelmscott Press in 1896. The Kelmscott Chaucer is considered to be among the most beautiful books ever produced and a major influence on the modern private press movement.

“The Kelmscott/Goudy Press will have an active life at RIT, not simply as a museum artifact, but as a working press accessible to students, scholars and printers,” Galbraith said. “I look forward to seeing what is produced on the press in the decades to come. I’m certain that the Kelmscott/Goudy Press will be a great inspiration to students at RIT and to others who visit our library’s pressroom.”

The Kelmscott/Goudy Press has had a notable history of ownership during the past century. In 1924, American type designer Frederic Goudy imported Albion No. 6551 from England to Marlborough, N.Y., for use in his Village Press. Shortly thereafter, Goudy sold it to Spencer Kellogg Jr., who ran the Aries Press of Eden, N.Y.

“From 1932 to 1941, Albion No. 6551 was owned by the Cary Collection’s namesake, Melbert B. Cary Jr., director of Continental Type Founders Association and proprietor of the private Press of the Woolly Whale,” Galbraith explained.

“Cary bequeathed the press to his pressman George Van Vechten, and in 1960, J. Ben and Elizabeth Lieberman acquired Albion No. 6551 for their Herity Press. They topped the press with a Liberty Bell, a reminder of the vital role that private presses play in the freedom of the press.”

Albion No. 6551 will join the Cary Collection’s Arthur M Lowenthal Memorial Pressroom, a working collection of 15 historical printing presses and more than 1,500 fonts of metal and wood type. Supporting study of the press is a collection of Kelmscott Press publications and archives of material related to Frederic Goudy and Cary’s Press of the Woolly Whale.

–Bob McCamant

Call for printing history papers

December 3rd, 2013

The Printing Historical Society [of the UK] will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, and they’re hoping for a blockbuster two day conference to be held at St. Bride’s Library, London, on November 13 and 14. The theme is wide open: “Landmarks in Printing: from origins to the digital age.”

They go on: “The Society invites papers that cover all aspects of the printing arts and industry, including the cultural, practical and technical achievements of the craft. It is anticipated that papers will consider not only the history of the subject, but also its theory and practice and will be drawn from a wide body of speakers that may include printers, graphic designers, typographers, publishers, papermakers, librarians, collectors, booksellers, bookbinders and historians of all relevant fields.”

Deadline for 300-word proposals is noon on the last day of February. All applications and questions to Francis Cave. They say a web site is coming.

–Bob McCamant

Oxford book fair photos posted

November 8th, 2013

I’ve put them on the FPBA Facebook page. Please tag additional people you know!

–Bob McCamant