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Events coming up:

PBFA Book Fairs are in now in full summer mode with 4 events in July including a 2 day event held in Ikley at The Kings Hall & Winter Gardens, Station Road, LS29 8HA with free admission and being the last in July on the 27-28th.  In between there are 3 one day fairs and details are to be found on www.pbfa.org and info@pbfa.org


Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art- House of Illustration

Enid Marx (1902-1998) was a textile designer, printmaker and illustrator who, alongside her contemporaries Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden, defined mid-century design and 20 years after her death this is the most comprehensive retrospective of her works, including papers for Curwen and designs for King Penguin.

Where: 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London. N1C 4BH – U



Letterpress Printing Conference University of Leeds July 19th-20th 2018

This is the final of 4 conferences that began last September under the generic heading of Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, and Future and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is a research network that brings together scholars, printers, museum professionals and amateurs to explore the significance of letterpress printing today. Featuring a key note lecture by Professor Johanna Drucker from the UCLA, this two-day conference explores the survival, legacy and relevance of letterpress printing in the digital era. For details see https://letterpress.leeds.ac.uk/ and follow the link.


Society of Bookbinders Education & Training Seminar

The 9th SoB Education & Training Seminar will be held from Thursday 30th August to Saturday 1st September at the University of Chester with SoB members only on Thursday. There will be talks augmented by demonstrations including Philippa Räder, Head of the Royal Bindery, Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle giving a demonstration on Friday 31st August on how to create a Victorian Letter Folder as found in the Royal Archives.
Details to be found on https://www.societyofbookbinders.com/events/seminar/index.html
York Antiquarian Book Seminar (Y.A.B.S.)
The Y.A.B.S. is a 3 day event to be held at The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ between 10-12th September 2018.
It for those in the book trade ranging from booksellers, librarians and collectors from beginners to the seasoned professional to learn current software applications and the art of selling to the pubic and institutions. It is a comprehensive and in-depth approach to the book industry with the key note speaker from America, Lisa Unger Baskin, the noted bibliophile, collector of women’s literature and political activist.
For details see https://www.yabseminar.com/


Ireland – The National Print Museum, Haddington Road, Beggars Bush, Dublin D04 E0C9.

The home of printing presses and history of print in Ireland is conveniently situated near the centre of Dublin and the port.

From the 17th May until the 30th September 2018 the museum will be exhibiting “Print, Protest, and The Polls: The Irish women’s suffrage campaign and the power of print media, 1908 – 1918”. The exhibition will show the relationship between the contemporary political protest and the developing print media of both side of the campaign for women’s’ rights at the ballot box.


USA – Oak Knoll Fest XX: October 5th – October 7th, 2018

Oak Knoll Press who are well known among the British letterpress community have their annual book and printing festival and this year the theme is “Bringing it on Home ” in which Printers, booksellers, and collectors will discuss that theme in a free  symposium on Saturday 6th , focusing on the importance of fine press book fairs that help expand the knowledge of the books arts.

For details see https://www.oakknoll.com/fest/


Early Private Presses 1730-1900, by David Chambers

This is the first comprehensive study of the private presses in the British Isles that were active in the 18th and 19th centuries. It will be printed in early 2018. In two volumes: Vol. 1 The Presses, c 300 pp, 75 illus. Vol 2: Bibliography, c. 300 pp. Cloth boards, imperial octavo. Both volumes will be issued as the free member book for the two years 2017 & 2018 combined. (To be included in the distribution of free copies of this standard edition, the PLA membership subscription must be paid for both years.) It is priced at £80 for both volumes, trade discount 25%. Special editions also available, 30 copies, both volumes bound in full morocco, in slip cases, with selected original leaves taken from 14 volumes of the presses concerned, price about £750. A further 70 copies will be issued with both volumes bound in quarter morocco, in slip cases, with original leaves from the same volumes, price about £375. 25% discount to PLA members or the trade. Postage extra. Join today and receive for free or reserve your copy using our order form. If you would like the prospectus pdf emailed to you, please send us a request using the contact form. The book description is on the publications books page.

The Private Library: Quarterly Journal update 

The Spring and Summer 2016 issue is a double issue and has not yet been sent out as it is still in proof, but it will consist of 128 pages on the Caradoc Press.  As always, our quarterly journal is free to members yet can be purchased as a series or in individual copies. Please use the on-line order form to purchase your copy.