The London Book Fair opened today with Poland as the ‘Market Focus’ country, and trade looked brisk. The behemoth publishing houses occupied centre stage with vast stands and clients checking in for their appointment. Better to wander around the edge of Olympia’s Exhibition Halls to find publishers less susceptible to passing fads.
Reprints are giving books long shelf lives. North London’s Darf Publishers, who started in 1980 with reprints of 18th–20th century Europeans writers mainly on the Middle East and Africa (The Fall of Constantinople by Edwin Pears, 1886; The Story Of The Barbary Corsairs by Stanley Lane-Poole, 1890),
In the printing area Istanbul’s Ofset Yapımevi (above) looked thoroughly up to date, showcasing its recent and forthcoming work with some beautiful examples of its mastery of modern printing. Ofset is the printer of choice for MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, Aperture and other top American galleries and museums, and of course Cornucopia.
For the latest book offers, see The Cornucopia Bookshop. The bookshop is currently running special offers on a number of books, including The Man Who Created the Middle East: A Story of Empire, Conflict and the Sykes-Picot Agreement by Christopher Simon Sykes and Speedy Motor: Travels Across Asia and the Middle East in a Morgan by John Carswell. You can read reviews of both books in Issue 55.