Bridport Book Fair due to take place on 26th October has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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The Fine Press Book Association (FPBA) is an organisation of individuals interested in the art of fine printing, formed with the goal of promoting the appreciation of beautiful books and printing skills.

FPBA had its first official meeting and issued the first issue of Parenthesis in 1998. Today it has a worldwide membership of those interested in the fine book and contemporary fine printing: collectors, printers, artists, illustrators, museums, libraries, and dealers.

It publishes Parenthesis, a journal devoted to fine printing and book-making, issues an occasional e-newsletter, organizes events for members and non-members, and has run competitions in book design.

Parenthesis is published twice a year and is free to members. To bring vitality and variety to Parenthesis, its production alternates between North America and the UK. In the Americas, Robert McCamant of Sherwin Beach Press brings out the Fall issue, while production of the Spring issue is led by Sebastian Carter of Rampant Lions Press.

Each issue typically is 64 pages of articles and illustrations, many in color. Up to 90 de luxe members receive a special limited edition of Parenthesis, which is case-bound and presented in a slip case with a parcel of items specially printed by presses from around the world.

For example, past parcels have included wood engravings by Gaylord Shanilec, Frank Martin, and Simon King, printing from Henry Morris and Nicolas McDowall, pochoir by Peter Allen and Ian Beck, and a poster for the Pennyroyal Caxton Press edition of the Holy Bible.

Refreshments: On site
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Time & Date 28th March 2020, 11:00 - 17:00 29th March 2020, 10:00 - 17:00

Venue Oxford University, Examination Rooms, 75-81 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG


Organisers Henry Gott Tel: 01865 333555 Email:

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Ticket Information

Adult Ticket (includes catalogue) £ 5.00

Travel Information

We have not parking on site. The nearest city centre car park is St Clements car park, about a 10 minute walk. It is open 24 hours a day and charges apply throughout the year. There are disabled car parking spaces opposite us and also in Merton Street. Travelling by bike


Oxford is the nearest approx 20minute walk


The nearest bus stop and airport bus stops (Heathrow and Gatwick) are located on the High Street just outside the Examination Schools (Queen’s Lane stop).


We recommend using the Park and Ride system. The Thornhill (400) and Seacourt (400) Park and Ride services stop just outside (Queen’s Lane stop).

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Membership of the PBFA is open to anyone who has been trading in antiquarian and second-hand books for a minimum of two years subject to certain criteria.
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