Typographics Book Fair preview — Typographics 2017 Blog


Typographics Book Fair preview

A visual sampling with just some of the items that will be available for sale

Plans for this year’s Typographics Book Fair are coming together nicely, now with eight different sellers focused on typography and graphic design related items – some of which isn’t available for sale anywhere else. As much as we’d love to hoard all the books for our own personal collections, we asked each seller to send examples of material they will have on offer at the fair to give an idea what attendees can expect.

Registered attendees of the main Typographics conference will have first pick at these items on the first day of the Book Fair (Saturday, June 17). On the second day (Sunday, June 18) the fair will then be free and open to the general public.

See the Typographics Book Fair page for more info or register now for the conference.

Letterform Archive will be bringing a wide variety of type foundry ephemera, including duplicates of rare type specimen books and brochures from their collection of more than 40,000 items related to type and lettering.

The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design & Typography, one of the co-organizers of the Typographics festival, is a study archive but also has been publishing various things since it opened in 1985. At the Typographics Book Fair they will be selling some of these items – most of which can’t be found anywhere else – including rare sets of posters designed by Herb Lubalin. They will also be selling off some duplicates of type specimens and other books from their collection of 20th-century graphic design.

House Industries will be set up selling their brand new book The Process is the Inspiration. It’s also very possible that they will have a few other items from their wide range of typographically-inspired merch. (And please join us for House’s free book launch party and lecture, with live on-site screen printing.)

Display will be selling a wide range of titles, with a focus on 20th-century design, including rare type specimens, design journals, etc.

Standards Manual will be set up at the fair selling their reprints of classic standards manuals (NYCTA, NASA, and the American Revolution Bicentennial symbol), as well as some related limited-edition prints they’ve produced.

Oak Knoll Books, one of the world’s preeminent sellers of typography books, will have a very wide range of items for sale. From extremely rare 100+ year old international type specimen books to more recent titles published by Oak Knoll Press, they are sure to have something of interest to anyone who likes or uses type.

Wms & Co / Amass will be set up with items from their collection of modernist books and ephemera, including designs by Paul Rand, Karel Martens, Jan Tschichold, Ladislav Sutnar, and more.

The Type Directors Club, one of the most notable typographic organizations with more than 70 years of history, will have a table set up selling copies of their typography annuals (including some older editions) at a discounted price, as well as accepting applications for new memberships.


The items shown above are just a sampling of all the great stuff that will be available at the Typographics Book Fair. Anyone interested in having first pick of everything should register for the main Typographics conference to take advantage of first day of limited admission to the fair. Also be sure to follow Typographics on Twitter, Instagram, and through the official mailing list for any new developments.

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