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Announcement & RSVPs needed - Second private press book fair at Oak Knoll Books, Saturday Oct. 7



Following last year's successful fine press book fair hosted by Oak Knoll 
Books, Oak Knoll Fest 1995 Fine Press Fair is scheduled this year for 
Saturday, October 7 to begin at 10:30 a.m. in New Castle, Delaware. 

The event will begin in the Immanuel Parish Hall, featuring Ian Mortimer from 
I.M. Imprimit, England. He will give a presentation about the production of 
his book, Ornamented Types, which recently won the prestigious Italian Felice 
Feliciano award for Book Design. A panel discussion by a group of attending 
private presses will follow immediately afterwards and continue until noon. 

The fair itself opens at 1 p.m. at St. Peter's School. An interesting mix of 
American and British private presses will be evident this year. Several new 
faces such as the Ascensius Press, Alembic Press, Bowne & Company, Larkspur 
Press, Out of the Woods Press, Press of the Nightowl, Previous Parrot Press, 
Primrose Academy, Red Howler Press, Old Stile Press and others will also make 
an appearance. Many of last year's attending private presses and their 
printers such as Bird & Bull Press, Midnight Paper Sales, Pentagram Press, 
Press of the Sea Turtle, Tideline Press, Caliban Press, engraver John DePol, 
Stone House Press and Whittington Press will also return for a repeat 
performance. The day-long exhibition will extend until around 6 p.m. Please 
call closer to October 7 for an exact time of closing.  All books on exhibit 
will be available for purchase at the exhibit site only.

Author Nicholas Basbanes will also sign copies (available for sale) of "A 
Gentle Madness", his new bestselling book about the pursuits of book 
collecting and bookselling.

During the day, a separate exhibition at Oak Knoll Books will show the 
bookbinding process courtesy of Campbell-Logan Bindery and demonstrations of 
the printing art by Stephen Heaver and typecasting craft by Theo Rehak. Oak 
Knoll Books will offer 20% off all books in its shop and will be open at 8:30 
a.m. This special sale will not apply to any books offered at the private 
presss exhibition.

All locations are within easy walking distance of Oak Knoll Books at 414 
Delaware Street, New Castle DE 19720 and are also located within historic New 
Castle. However, because seating will be limited for Ian Mortimer's talk, we 
must ask you to reserve seating if you plan to attend his talk. There will be 
no admission charges for the day's events.

We can provide more information if you contact Esther C. Fan, Publicity and 
Public Relations at (302) 328-7232, Fax (302) 328-7274 or by writing us. 

Other non-Oak Knoll related attractions in the area include the Delaware Art 
Museum's "Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham 
collection", England from August 11 through October 15 in Wilmington.  The 
museum houses one of the finest permanent collections of Pre-Raphaelite art 
including works by Dante Gabriel Rosetti and Edward Burne-Jones. The 
collection brings to Delaware 118 works never seen before in the United 
States, including not only paintings and drawings but also sculpture and 
stained glass. The museum is about a 20 minute drive from New Castle.

This special exhibition will include sketches for finished works such as 
Found, Water Willow and Ophelia by Rosetti as well other works including those 
of Ford Madox Brown, William Holman Hunt, Alexander Munro and Frederick 
Sandys. The British Arts and Crafts movement will also be represented by five 
stained glass windows manufactured by William Morris & Company and designed by 
Rosetti. These windows will display The Story of St. George and the Dragon. 
For those who are aware of the relationship between Dante Rosetti, Jane Morris 
and her husband, William Morris, these works will provide interesting insight 
and additional understanding into the emotional undercurrents present during 
their residence at Kelmscott Manor.

Also within 20 minutes of New Castle, the Morris Library Special Collections 
at the University of Delaware possesses an excellent collection of books about 
the history of printing and the book arts. The collection focuses on the 
history and technology of printing, papermaking and publishing; fine and small 
press printing and  book illustration. The collection has an extensive 
collection of type specimen books, publishers' sample copies, paper samples 
and printed ephemera as well as a strong collection of manuscript and archival 
materials. Special Collections houses the archives of Bird & Bull Press, the 
Plough Press, the Black Stone Press and the Pickering Press. However, since 
Special Collections does not have Saturday hours and if you think you would 
definitely be interested in seeing the collection on Saturday, please contact 
us so that we might arrange to have the collection open depending on how many 
people express interest.

Other exhibits of note at the Morris Library are: Cinema Centenary, 1895-1995, 
an exhibit which celebrates one hundred years of cinema by displaying books, 
film journals, scripts, publicity materials, photographs, videocassettes, 
posters and a variety of film memorabilia. This exhibit will be open on 
October 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Morris Library will also have Ernest Hemingway 
in His Time: An Exhibition on display from August 25 thru December 16 in the 
main Special Collections Gallery, open from 9-5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Esther C. Fan
Oak Knoll Books/Oak Knoll Press
414 Delaware Street, New Castle DE 19720
Phone: 302-328-7232/Fax: 302-328-7274/Email: oakknoll@ssnet.com


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