For those interested in Pictorial Maps, we offer a short essay on Minnesota mapmaker Frank M. Antoncich. "It is hoped this essay will provide useful documentation regarding a number of Frank Antoncich’s creative efforts, as well as prove helpful in establishing a more secure niche for him among the galaxy of pictorial cartographers of the 1930s and beyond."
ILAB PARTNERS WITH UNESCO ON WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY WITH ROUND-THE-WORLD POP UP BOOKFAIRS!
Please join us between 11:30am and 4:00pm on April 23 in Portland, Oregon for the END OF THE DAY pop up fair to celebrate the heritage of the book and to raise funds for UNESCO's literacy program in Africa! The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers will start a day of informal book fairs in Australia: as the earth turns, book fairs will "pop up" in Asia, Europe and North America. Here in Portland Oregon local ILAB affiliates Elisabeth Burdon, Nat Des Marais, Philip Pirages and Charles Seluzicki will present a display and sale of antiquarian books and ephemera to highlight the cultural heritage of the book. Recognising the important place that books hold in the dissemination of knowledge, we will continue the work of our colleagues around the worl to fill a "virtual bookcase" as participants and visitors donate money to buy books for schools in South Sudan. The Ephemera Society of the USA and the Cascades Booksellers Association will be joining us with informational booths. Several informal "pop up" talks will keep us entertained and enlightened. To make our event authentically "Portland" which is the home of "more breweries than any other city on earth," we will be gathering at a brew pub, the Lucky Lab on Hawthorne Boulevard, a short walk over the Hawthorne Bridge from downtown Portland. Whether we think of this beautiful city on the Willamette River as Book City, Bridge City or Beer City, Portlanders will be mixing fun with the serious purpose of the international community of booksellers of promoting literacy around the world. If you can't make it in person, send us an email and we will let you know how you can join in the fun virtually!
Here at oldimprints.com one of our special interests is the revival of decorative mapmaking in the twentieth century. It's surprising and frustrating how difficult it is to find information on the artists and publishers of these wonderful graphics. So we're asking for leads to pursue in gathering information on a Chicago depression-era firm that issued a number of engaging and, at times, astonishing, pictorial maps, Colortext Publications. Read here a short article on what owner and researcher Craig Clinton has learned to date.