Oxford Fair reconfirmed for March 24-25

August 10th, 2017

The previously-announced dates of March 24 and 25 have been reconfirmed for a new site in Oxford. However, applications to exhibit have not yet been opened (this at 10 August 2017). Your best bet is to continue to check this page for the latest information.

–Bob McCamant

For the Love of Letterpress, Second Edition: Global Call for Submissions

July 15th, 2017

Announcing the second edition of For the Love of Letterpress: A Printing Handbook for Instructors & Students.

The revised and expanded book, written by Cathie Ruggie Saunders and Martha Chiplis, and published by Bloomsbury LLC (London), is expected in late 2018. In response to comments and suggestions from the letterpress community, the co-authors are planning to include a selection of hands-on letterpress assignments given by instructors across the globe.

The intent is to make the second edition even more useful for letterpress practitioners, stimulate inspiration within the letterpress media, and provide a window into the spectrum of teaching/learning approaches occurring within studios internationally. We invite you to submit your letterpress project briefs and student solutions for possible inclusion by September 10.

If you are not familiar with For the Love of Letterpress, please check out– http://www.letterpressluminaries.com/ You can submit your letterpress assignments here– http://www.letterpressluminaries.com/second-edition/call/

–Bob McCamant

Julia Skinner selected as next NA Parenthesis editor

July 10th, 2017

At a North American FPBA board meeting on June 25, the board unanimously accepted the recommendation of nominating committee members Jane Siegel and Robert McCamant to select Julia Skinner as the editor of North American editions of Parenthesis, starting with Parenthesis 35, which will appear in fall of 2018.

Skinner is presently Rare Books Curator of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a PhD from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and a Book Studies Graduate Certificate and other degrees from the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa. In her application she explained that “One of my greatest passions is making rare books, including fine press books, accessible and enjoyable. I continuously work to connect our collections with new audiences, and feel that this outreach work and the perspective it affords would be a strong asset in an editorial role.”

The magazine is produced by the North American and United Kingdom chapters of FPBA. North American issues appear in the fall; UK ones (edited by Sebastian Carter, who remains in office) appear in the spring. Members of either chapter receive both issues.

–Bob McCamant

Mark your calendar:
Vancouver book sale October 7 and 8

June 6th, 2017


The Vancouver Rare Book, Photograph and Paper Show takes place on October 7 and 8, 2017. This is a curated event that features twenty-three Exhibitors with specialized collections of fine books, maps, photographs and interesting paper items. A number of these Exhibitors are recognized as Canada’s top dealers in collectible, antiquarian, and rare material. Details can be found at vrbppshow.ca
–Bob McCamant

‘Modernism in Print’ at U of Amsterdam

June 4th, 2017

“Modernism: in print, Dutch graphic design 1917–2017” is the title of an exhibit opening soon in Amsterdam. It offers an overview of Modernism in Dutch graphic design from 1917, the year De Stijl was first published. The Dutch contribution to Modernism is placed in a wider perspective based on international typographic manuals, type specimens and key works by such designers as El Lissitzky and Karl Gerstner. The posters, books, printed ephemera and design drawings derive from the University of Amsterdam’s special collections and designers’ archives.

It opens June 16 and will close October 1 at the Special Collections exhibit hall of the University of Amsterdam library.

–Bob McCamant

Bruce Kennett’s biography of William Addison Dwiggins

April 6th, 2017

It successfully funded on Kickstarter in a day, but now they’re pointing out that the deluxe edition, bound in Dwiggins-designed decorated paper over boards and a genuine leather spine stamped with Dwiggins ornaments and hand lettering by Richard Lipton, has an order deadline of April 28. (That’s the day they’ll make the order for manufacture.) This is yet another project of the Letterform Archive. The Kickstarter page where you can order the deluxe for a gift of $350 or more.
–Bob McCamant

Fine Press Book Association seeking new editor for Parenthesis

December 13th, 2016

The Fine Press Book Association is currently accepting applications for the position of North American editor of its publication, Parenthesis.

Parenthesis deals broadly in fine and private press printing as well as bookbinding, typography, collecting, publishing and related areas. While it is best known for its insightful reviews of fine press books, the magazine publishes essays, commentary, news, how-to articles and profiles of presses and personalities shaping the fine printing community. Its many contributors have included Barry Moser, John Randle, Bruce Whiteman, Sebastian Carter, Crispin Elsted, Alan Powers, Mark Dimunation, Paul W. Nash, and Kenneth Auchincloss.

The magazine is published in full color twice a year, with one issue produced in the UK (edited by Sebastian Carter) and one, each fall, from North America.

For additional information on the position and details on submitting an application, please visit fpba.com/parenthesis

–Bob McCamant

Position at Hand Papermaking

November 21st, 2016

Hand Papermaking, Inc. is now accepting applications for a new US-based full-time executive director. Visit http://job.handpapermaking.org for a detailed position description and required qualifications.
The application deadline is January 15.

Republication effort: a model for the fine press world?

October 18th, 2016

5e0287e5e348fcebf95fdd6a0a88bd94“The first exact copy of Depero Futurista, the Italian Futurist masterpiece of early-20th-century book-making is now available on Kickstarter.” That’s the meat of it. It’s an interesting idea, which is owned by Steve Kroeter, according to the Kickstarter page. I heard from Russell Fernandez about it. If they don’t get $249,000 in pledges they won’t make it. In a sense, it’s a no-lose proposition…nobody is out (except the creator of the VERY elaborate Kickstarter page with its lengthy video) if they don’t make their nut. (And nobody has to kick in what they said they would.)

Wouldn’t we all be glad we were going to sell out our run before we started printing? (Besides, I have an excuse to run the cool page design in the blog.)

–Bob McCamant

A [school] year of programs in Birmingham

September 28th, 2016

philabelThose ever-busy folk at The Centre for Printing History and Culture have announced programs for the months ahead. There’s one every month, and some months, like October and November, have more. The complete schedule is here. How about the 500th anniversary of Orlando Furioso, to be celebrated on October 11? February has Toshi Omagari discussing the validity of what he was taught as type design student (in Japan and England) and debunking myths in typeface design. The picture is Phil Abel of Hand and Eye Letterpress, who talks in March.

–Bob McCamant