LOGOS 184 LOGOS 9/4 © WHURR PUBLISHERS 1998 No decade in history has been so preoccupied with anniversarianism as the 1990s. Stimulated by the looming millennium, celebrations of every tempo- ral milestone from quinquennials to quinque-cen- tennials (always divisible by five for some reason) have multiplied. Most poignantly in these ten years have fallen the fiftieth anniversaries of all the end- ings and beginnings of the tragic and heroic 1940s. Among these is the Frankfurt Book Fair, which the German book industry, devastated by its country’s defeat and deprived by the communist takeover of Leipzig, which had been Germany’s his- toric book centre, started in 1949. The first Fair attracted 205 German publisher exhibitors. The first exhibitors from other countries arrived in 1950. At the fiftieth Fair, held in October 1998, there were nearly 7,000 exhibitors, fewer than one-third of whom were German. Now one of the few events in the book trade year of which the wider world is aware, the Frankfurt Book Fair’s success did not come by chance. Fifty years ago, Frankfurt was among the least likely places to become sponsor of the premier international book event and host to the book industries of the
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Published: Jan 1, 1998
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