CODEX Papers: Volume 1

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The CODEX Papers in an annual subscription offered for $75 a year. It is included with an Institutional Membership.


We are proud and honored to present the inaugural issue of The CODEX Papers, an annual journal dedicated to bibliographic and art historical research and opinion in the field of contemporary book arts. Our editorial brief is to publish articles that promote a clear understanding of the enormously complex and historically rich field of the book arts, including:

- Scholarly, bibliographical, and historical perspectives

- Artist’s views on new developments in the field

- Research and critical articles on contemporary book arts

- Photo essays documenting studios, ateliers, and libraries

- Interviews and profiles

- Book and exhibition reviews / Reference shelf

- Collecting contemporary book arts

- Dispatches from the global community

- Letters to the editor, opinion, and travel

We have seen a great groundswell in the arts of printing and making of books since 1975. A few intrepid journals have come and gone while a few remain standing. We are proud to join the ranks of the standing. We hope that you will not only enjoy this premier issue but that you will subscribe to volumes two and three and so on. The CODEX Foundation’s mission is to preserve and promote the arts of the book and, in the broadest possible context, to bring to public recognition the high artisanship and the rich history of printing and publishing as an instrument of civilization. The Foundation’s primary focus is to create an exciting and lively marketplace for contemporary book arts. To that end we established the biennial CODEX International Book Fair and Symposium as a global resource for artists, collectors, curators, librarians, printers, students, and scholars. In support of our mission and to record the papers presented at the first CODEX International Symposium in 2007, we began publishing materials that document the intellectual ferment in the book arts of our time. In 2008 the Foundation published Book Art Object followed in 2012 by Book Art Object 2. Both volumes were received to great acclaim, broadcasting word of the CODEX Book Fair and Symposium far and wide. These substantial reference volumes (972 pages combined) were soon joined by a continuing series of smaller monographs dedicated to single themes and the artist’s voice. The first CODE(X)+1 monograph, by Robert Bringhurst, was published in 2008. We recently completed the fourteenth volume by writer and critic Betty Bright with number fifteen by Johannes Strugalla currently in preparation. We are now pleased to add The CODEX Papers to our distinguished list of publications.