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
–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

–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 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

Bob Fleck died this morning

September 22nd, 2016

bobfleckBob Fleck, Jr., owner and president of Oak Knoll Books, and friend to many FPBA members, died this morning. He had recently decided not to undergo another round of treatments and had entered hospice care.

I have been assured that Oak Knoll Fest will go on as planned next weekend, and that a celebration of his life will be part of the program. Those who have special memories are urged to arrive with their thoughts gathered.

–Bob McCamant

Scripps College Goudy Lecture and other festivities features Irene Chan

September 7th, 2016


Call it a whole day of Irene Chan, in fact. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the main event. It will take place at 7 pm on Saturday, October 1 in the Scripps College Humanities Auditorium. The other two events cost money: she will give a workshop on “Cut & Folded Books” from 9:30 to 4 pm the same day. It costs $75. Just before her talk, at 5 pm, they will stage a dinner in the Margaret Fowler Garden, which costs $25.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to choose between activities and coasts, since Oak Knoll Fest takes place in Delaware the same weekend.

Send $75 for the workshop and/or $25 for dinner by September 22. Checks should be made out to Scripps College Press and sent to Scripps College Press, 1030 Columbia Avenue #2025, Claremont, CA 91711.

–Bob McCamant

Letterform Archive announces fall talks in San Francisco

August 31st, 2016

Thirty Two Years of Metafont with Donald Knuth
Tue. Sep. 20 – 6:00PM – 7:30PM
For more details and to register click here. Knuth is a particular hero of mine. Though I never mastered his typesetting system (though I tried, commercial systems always seemed more appropriate for my uses), his “Art of Computer Programming” series of books has solved many a problem I’ve faced over the years.

What’s The Use of Fonts In Use? with Stephen Coles
Tue. Oct. 04
6:00PM – 7:00PM
Free admission, please RSVP.

“Whose Font Is It, Anyway?” …Exploring the Business & Licensing of Type with Christopher Slye
Tue. Oct. 18
6:00PM – 7:30PM
Free admission, please RSVP.

–Bob McCamant