Codex Book Fair, the largest of its type in the world, visits Richmond
by Phil James at Richmond Confidential
An estimated 4,000 people are expected to converge upon the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond on Monday for the Codex Book Fair, a biannual convention of hundreds of the world’s leading fine press publishers and artists. Over 22 countries will be represented at nearly 200 booths, some from as far as Chile, Russia and Japan.
Started in 2005 by Codex Foundation founder Peter Koch, a four-decade veteran of the fine print community, the fair is now the largest of its kind in the world, surpassing similar events hosted in Paris and London. Unlike traditional book fairs, the works exhibited and sold at Codex are literally one-of-a-kind, made using a number of different techniques, such as wood carving and leather tanning.
Now, a decade after the inaugural festival, Koch has seen his vision of a global symposium for art book appreciators come true. “I wanted to make it the world’s fair,” he said as he walked around the sprawling gallery of booths. “It’s an event on steroids.”
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