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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Consult a bibliopole during Melbourne's Rare Book Week

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Most household bookshelves contain at least one slightly musty book with and old looking cover and vague stories of ancient pedigree. Take this copy (pictured) of Robinson Crusoe which lives in our house and whose origin no one recalls.

But there's nothing musty about Melbourne's second Rare Book Week from July 18-28 culminating in the Rare Book Fair July 26-28.

And among the many great features of the week is the exhibition of Italian Books Through the Ages at the University of Melbourne’s Baillieu Library, highlighting its exciting new purchase of Aldus Manutius’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, printed in Venice in 1499.

Another event is The Art of Praise: the Italian Medieval Choir Book 1250-1550 exhibition and lecture by Professor Margaret Manion at St Mary’s Newman Academic Centre. And if poetry is more your style, you can enjoy the romance of poetry showcased by the Matheson Library, Monash University.

Rare Book Week ends with the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers 40th Australian Antiquarian Book Fair featuring fine, rare and collectable books, prints, maps and ephemera will be offered for sale by leading Australian and international booksellers.

Find out more about Rare Book Week

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