A commemorative postage stamp on the Fourth World Book Fair (WBF4), New Delhi :
Issued by India
Issued on Feb 29, 1980
Issued for : The Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department feels privileged to commemorate 4th World Book Fair by issuing a special postage stamp.
Description of Designs : The stamp depicts a few books arranged in the form of a circle, giving the impression of a moving wheel suggesting the dynamic force of the printed word.
The first day cover illustration is a view of a book fair.
The First Day Cancellation design is based on the Sanskrit word Rita (ऋत), the eternal order which transforms chaos and confusion into symmetry and beauty and from which originated the primeval speech carrying the seeds of knowledge and truth.
Designed by : Jyotish Dutta Gupta, National Book Trust India
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Monastral Blue
Denomination : 30 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Watermark : Printed on water–marked adhesive stamp paper
Number printed : 30,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed at : India Security Press
- The 4th World Book Fair, organised at New Delhi by National Book Trust, India, in collaboration with the Indian Book Trade, is the most important book event in India, perhaps in the whole of Asia.
- Since its inception in 1957, National Book Trust, India, is engaged in the primary task of promoting book-mindedness in the country. The Trust has also been assisting in the overall growth of publishing industry. To fulfill this dual objective, the Trust, on the one hand, has been publishing interesting titles in English and in Indian languages on a wide variety of subjects and, on the other, organising national and international book fairs in important centres in India. The Trust has so far organised three World Book Fairs, the first in 1972, the second in 1976 and the third in 1978. The Trust has also organised nine National Book Fairs.
- Striking evidence of this progress in the book publishing sector in India is the fact that the export of Indian books has registered a significant increase from Rs 1.52 crores in 1972-73 to over Rs 5.00 crores in 1977-78. Printing capacity has also greatly increased. Adoption of the latest technology by Indian press is reflected in the high quality of printing. Indian and overseas publishers participating at the Fair have the opportunity of expanding the trade in books and also be able to exchange notes on the various aspects of book production and promotion.
- Synchronising with the Fair, a number of seminars, symposia, workshops, etc. will be held. One of the seminars, organised with UNESCO‘s assistance will discuss ‘Publishing for Rural Areas in Developing Countries’.