Articles by: Anna Welch

The owl and the heiress: The life of one book over six centuries

The owl and the heiress: The life of one book over six centuries

March 29, 2017

Arts & literature, Our stories:

What do Athena’s little owl, an unashamedly unmarried Chicago heiress, and the Heide School of modernist Australian artists have in common? A book in our collection, as it turns out… Recently I… Read More ›

Mr William Shakespeares comedies, histories, and tragedies. Published according to the true originall copies, the second impression
London, Tho. Cotes for Robert Allot, 1632
RARESF 822.33 AZ

Celebrating the world’s most beautiful books

April 22, 2016

Our stories:

This week we’re celebrating the book across the ages, from the ancient to the avant-garde with a selection of books from our Mirror of the World exhibition.

Rare 17th-century works acquired

Rare 17th-century works acquired

December 15, 2015

News:

A selection of rare 17th-century English Civil War pamphlets have been acquired for the State Library’s Emmerson collection. The 33 pamphlets were purchased using funds bequeathed by John Emmerson to support ongoing additions to his exceptional collection of early printed English books.

Sa’di, Gulistan, State Library Victoria, folio 21

Persian treasures in Mirror of the World

June 26, 2015

Arts, Exhibitions, Visual arts:

Anna Welch introduces us to some beautiful Persian manuscripts currently on display in the Mirror of the World exhibition

Wendingen: cover by El Lissitzky

Wendingen: Designing modernity

June 5, 2015

Arts, Visual arts:

Anna Welch introduces us to an art magazine that is itself a work of art

A moa for all seasons, now showing in Mirror of the World

A moa for all seasons, now showing in Mirror of the World

April 17, 2015

Arts:

We highlight the work of controversial natural historian Richard Owen in our Mirror of the World exhibition

Wilfred Owen (1893–1918)

Poets at war: ‘What passing bells for these who die as cattle?’

February 12, 2015

Arts, Exhibitions, Visual arts:

Anna Welch introduces us to some of the great poets of the First World War, currently highlighted in The Mirror of the World exhibition

The Naked Lunch (London, John Calder, 1964)

William Burroughs: Beat Icon

January 15, 2015

Arts:

This year, Mirror of the World features a selection of works by William Burroughs (1914–1997), who, in the centenary year of his birth, still casts a long shadow on literary and cultural landscapes.

Martin Sharp: Designing 1960s counterculture

Martin Sharp: Designing 1960s counterculture

November 26, 2014

Arts, Visual arts:

Anna Welch highlights some Australian psychedelia currently on show in our Mirror of the World exhibition

The Ship of Fools, now boarding in Mirror of the World

The Ship of Fools, now boarding in Mirror of the World

November 26, 2014

Arts, Visual arts:

Currently on display in Mirror of the World is a 1570 English edition of Sebastian Brant’s famous German satire The Ship of Fools.