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Oak Knoll pictures posted

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

I’ve finally managed to post and share the pictures I took at Oak Knoll. There are the pictures of one item from every table at the fest (except my own–I forgot). And then there are the ones of the speakers at the Friday symposium and the morning speakers on Saturday and Sunday. While you’re at it, why don’t you just “like” the whole FPBA area on Facebook, and start posting? Look for it by searching on Fine Press Book Association.

–Bob McCamant

Oak Knoll Fine Press Book Fair (2012) will be October 5 through 7! Come see the best in contemporary book design and production!

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Printers, students, librarians, collectors, and other lovers of fine press books and the book arts: the Oak Knoll Fest is one of the best places to exhibit, see, and buy the work of contemporary fine presses. Make sure you’re there! Special thanks to Oak Knoll Books for organizing the key event every two years.

— Paul Razzell

Scenes from Oak Knoll

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Intelligence There With Passion Aralia Press

Lecons de livre pour Calyban Caliban Press

Heart of Darkness Chester River Press

The Old-Book Peddler Clinker Press

12 point Parsons, Dale Guild Type Foundry

Emblemata Bird & Bull Press

Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine De Walden Press

Cent Pour Cent Fibres, Sans Gras Editions Denise Lapointe

Love & Violence Harsimus Press

My Work is the Embodiment of Dreams Incline Press

Panthers Indulgence Press

Declaration of Independence Intima Press

John DePol Pattern Papers The Legacy Press

Leopard Studio Editions

The Matriarch of the Forest The Lone Oak Press

Breathe Memory Press

Why Do Fish Jump Midnight Paper Sales

The Persephones Ninja Press

Winter Light The Old School Press

Equus Old Stile Press

[block from] Orphans’ Song Port Press

At La Puerta Escondida Pre Nian Press

The Artist and the Capitalist The Printery

The Iconum P.D. Red Howler Press

American Decorated Publishers’ Bindings, Volume II Richard Minsky

43, According to Robin Price (deluxe), with Annotated Bibliography Robin Price Publisher

A Roman Inscription Russell Maret

Easter Week Shackman Press

Circus Shanty Bay Press

Saving His Life Sherwin Beach Press

Florilegium Solmentes Solmentes Press

Mountainside Matrix Thomas Parker Williams

A Chaos of Particulars Tideline Press

The Sea Gazer Turkey Press


Harvests Press on Scroll Road

Coincidental Pleasures Warwick Press

A Vision of Order Whittington Press

Family Romance Wolfe Editions


Center for Book Arts: Alexander Campos, Sarah Nichols

The Old School Press: Martyn Ould

FPBA Lecture: Russell Maret

Caption errors? Let me know. –Bob

–Robert McCamant

Oak Knoll Fest Schedule Posted

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Oak Knoll has now placed the full schedule for its fall Fest, to be held October 1 through 3 in New Castle, Delaware, on its web site.
Highlights include:
–Talks by Alexander Campos and Sarah Nicholls of The Center for Book Arts in New York, Martyn Ould of The Old School Press in Bath, England, and Russell Maret, printer from New York City.
–A reprise of the Friday Symposium (pre-registration required), this time on the topic of “Artists’ Books – Press Books: Siblings or Distant Cousins?” featuring panelists Alexander Campos, Duke Collier, Mark Samuels Lasner, Timothy Murray, Martyn Ould, and Jane Siegel. Many credit the previous symposium with increasing interest among special collections librarians and private collectors.
–A huge book fair with more than 40 exhibitors from around the US, the UK, Canada, and France.
Remember, FPBA’ers: the FPBA annual membership meeting will take place Sunday morning at 10:30 am, and will feature the talk by Russell Maret.
–Bob McCamant

Russell Maret, FPBA Annual Meeting, October 3

Friday, June 11th, 2010

The FPBA announces that its annual meeting will be held Sunday morning, October 3, during Oak Knoll Fest in New Castle, Delaware. In addition to a brief business meeting, the featured speaker will be Russell Maret, talking on “Visionaries & Fanatics: Thoughts on Type Design and the Private Press.” He will discuss his recent investigations (in Rome) into letter design and historical recurrence and how they relate to private press publishing in the early 20th and 21st centuries.

This scene is from his Open Studio at the end of his sojourn in Rome.
–Bob McCamant

Four Prominent Booksellers Join Forces to Open The Bookshop in Old New Castle

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

From a press release from the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America:

On May 1 2010, Oak Knoll Books, Between the Covers Rare Books, The Kelmscott Bookshop, and the Old Bookshop of Bordentown will open The Bookshop of Old New Castle. Located on the second floor of the historic Opera House at 308 Delaware Street, the shop will sell books on all subjects from each individual store’s inventory.

For the May 1st grand opening, which is open to the public, the store will open at 9 am, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 pm. Accompanied by food and beverages, the bookshop celebration will allow visitors to browse books, visit with the owners, and view the new transformation of the Opera House.  The new shop will be open from 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Saturday.

With the individual stores’ locations in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, this cooperative bookshop will provide a central location for collectors to purchase books from each store. Each bookseller is a member of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America), and offers unique selections of books characteristic to its specific specialties.

About Each Shop

Oak Knoll Books, maintaining an inventory of over 23,000 titles, specializes in books about bibliography, book design, book illustration, bookbinding, fine press books, printing history, publishing, Delaware history, and many other areas. It was founded in 1976 by Bob Fleck and is headquartered on the third floor of the Opera House in the colonial town of New Castle, DE.

Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc., was founded in 1985 by Tom and Heidi Congalton. It is an antiquarian book company with an inventory of over 200,000 books ranging from rare first editions to inexpensive reading copies. With books on almost every subject imaginable, it specializes in first editions of literary and genre fiction, poetry, and plays; signed and association copies; African-American history and literature; and books about baseball and other sports. It is headquartered in Gloucester City, NJ.

The Kelmscott Bookshop is an open shop that has been at 34 W. 25th Street in Baltimore for over thirty years. They specialize in private and fine press books, artists’ books, William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites, book arts, and 19th century British literature. They also have over 20,000 books in their general stock that cover a broad number of subject areas. The shop is owned by Fran Durako.

The Old Book Shop of Bordentown, headquartered in historic Bordentown City, New Jersey, is an open-to-the-public shop with some 10,000 used, out-of-print and rare books in all categories. Their specialties include: baseball, New Jerseyana, history, mystery and fiction. Doug Palmieri and Bill Faris are the founders and owners.

The Bookshop in Old New Castle

308 Delaware St.
New Castle, Delaware 19720

Monday through Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm

A Matter of Taste: Discrimination in Nineteenth-Century Book Collecting

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009


This latest announcement from Oak Knoll Books:

“Curated by Susan Danforth, the exhibition that formed the basis for this catalogue demonstrated how the urge to collect, preserve, and ultimately share books can, however subtly, affect the physical character of the book itself. With a focus on acquisitions made in the nineteenth century — including several made by founder John Carter Brown, this exhibition uses selections from the Library collection to illustrate some of the effects that taste and trends in book collecting have had on the book as an object. Illustrated throughout in full color.” Available from Oak Knoll Books.

–Paul Razzell

Oak Knoll goes every-other-year

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Regular Oak Knoll exhibitors received the note below recently from Bob Fleck.

Dear friends,

I have read your many emails to me and thank you for all the nice things you have said about the Fest and Oak Knoll. I also appreciate your honesty with me about the hard economic times and the travel money used up by the Codex Foundation fair and the upcoming Oxford Fair.

I have decided to continue Oak Knoll Fest but run it every other year starting in 2010. We at Oak Knoll are determined to make that Fest the best one so far. Please reserve the first weekend in October, 2010 (1st, 2nd, 3rd), for Oak Knoll Fest XVI. We will also be running a workshop for private customers and private presses on the Friday proceeding the Fest as that proved to be very popular with our librarian attendees.

Thanks for your past and continuing support