The sun shone through the great glass roofs of the London Book Fair on its opening day today, when publishers from around the world brought their books to market. Sometimes it seemed more like a travel fair, and trips could be planned around such tempting titles such as Medieval Georgian Icon-Painters (Georgian National Book Centre), The Flora of the Silk Road (I.B. Tauris) and the doorstopping Persian Paintings from the Al Sabah Collection in Kuwait (Thames and Hudson). The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism was giving away well-produced colour pocket books on historic places to visit as well as literary titles, including The Last Tram by Nedim Gürsel and The Well of Trapped Words bv Sema Kaygusuz, translated by Maureen Freely. ‘Print in Istanbul’ was a message that fluttered above the crowds (see picture), and on the first floor were the serried booths of 14 Istanbul printers. The latest printing of Ara Güler’s timeless Lost Istanbul was open for visitors to look through on the stand of Ofset, the company that prints Cornucopia.
The three-day London Book Fair at Olympia continues until Thursday, April 14.