"The CODEX Foundation was created in 2005 to preserve and promote the handmade book as a work of art and to bring to public recognition the artists, the craftsmanship, and the rich history of the civilization of the book. Our mission is to bring the most accomplished artists, printers, and publishers of limited edition and private press books together in one great marketplace with curators and collectors from all around the world to share the work, to explore new and old concepts of art and craft, and to engage in an ongoing conversation about the fate and future of the book as an essential art form.
During CODEX 2017, Foundation board members Roberto Trujillo, Susan Filter, and Peter Koch began planning an exhibition and an accompanying catalog of selected works from the nearly six thousand private press books, artists' books, and fine art limited editions that had been exhibited at the CODEX Book Fair over the previous fifteen years.
By late 2019, having taken suggestions from a team of advisors and curators, we have carefully selected seventy-five books representing artists and printers from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States."--p. 11