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Upcoming events for Rare Books

Rare Books exhibitions area, Matheson Library

A new Rare Books exhibition, “Judging a book by its cover”, will open at the Matheson Library, Clayton, on 26 June 2104 at 12.30 pm.  The exhibition will feature dust jackets designed by Salvador Dali and Sydney Nolan among others. All welcome. RSVP on 9905 2689 if attending.

The Rare Books Librarian, Richard . . . → Read More: Upcoming events for Rare Books

Men of Stamina, women who Dare

Advertisements and advertising materials are the focus of the latest exhibition from the Rare Books Collection, which opened at the Matheson Library, Clayton last week.

The exhibition, to be on display until 5 June 2014, can also be viewed online.

The Library collects ephemera like advertising posters and brochures in support of research by social historians and others. . . . → Read More: Men of Stamina, women who Dare

First Fleet account of life in early Sydney now complete

An original copy of Captain Watkin Tench’s Complete account (1793) of the early years of Sydney has been acquired by the Library.

 A core holding of any collection of Australiana is a set of the First Fleet journals. Five of the people who arrived in Australia on 26th January 1788 wrote accounts of the settlement, Philip, . . . → Read More: First Fleet account of life in early Sydney now complete

Books never die – exhibition opens

Transit of venus cover (1874)

A new exhibition opened recently at the Matheson Library declaring boldly that Books never die.

The exhibition celebrates the history of the book over six centuries, and includes examples of printing from famous presses of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and of illustration types, typefaces and binding used at different times.

Australian publications are a feature of . . . → Read More: Books never die – exhibition opens

Exhibition of rare cookbooks

All are invited to the opening of our new Rare Books exhibition titled ‘Cookbooks: the Sandy Michell collection’, which will showcase highlights of international and Australian publications, both old and new. It will be opened by Rita Erlich, the former editor of The Age Good Food Guide, at 12.15 pm on Tuesday the 22nd of March in the exhibition area . . . → Read More: Exhibition of rare cookbooks