The Petrarch Press

CODEX: An Inaugural Success in February

CODEX Book Fair.IN FEBRUARY 2007 THE ENTIRE Petrarch Press team traveled to the sunny campus of the University of California, Berkeley, to attend the first CODEX Book Fair & Symposium, the inaugural event of the new CODEX Foundation. Fine press printer Peter Koch forged an impressive coalition of presses, artists, craftsmen, curators, and bibliophiles to form the Foundation, which aims to “preserve and promote the art and craft of the book.”

The theme for the symposium – “The Fate of the Art, The Hand Printed Book in the 21st Century” – elicited lively, thought-provoking presentations from the international panel of speakers. We particularly enjoyed Robert Bringhurst’s lecture on spiritual geometry, which made such unexpected and delightful connections. We can’t see a snail now without thinking of the Greek key design! The exhibiting presses and vendors, representing nearly a dozen countries, displayed a mouthwatering array of papers and skins, calligraphy and bindings, handpress books and prints. We spent time with old friends and new while enjoying the generous receptions and dinners (as well as the wine bar!). We won’t miss the next one – slated for 2009.