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The Story of Miss Moppet, by Beatrix Potter, London, New York, Frederick Warne & Co., 1906. Rare J 823.912 P85M

150 years of Beatrix Potter

July 28, 2016

Our stories:

This week we celebrate the 150th anniversary of beloved author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. From Jemima Puddle-duck to Tom Kitten, we reveal some rare Potter treasures held in the Library’s Children’s Literature Collection.

The first day of the Battle of the Somme

The first day of the Battle of the Somme

June 30, 2016

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This day saw the British Army experience the single bloodiest day in its entire history, with close to 60,000 casualties, as Lord Kitchener’s inexperienced new recruits came face to face with the brutal realities of modern warfare’s industrialised killing.

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

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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.

Photos by Teagan Glenane

Cataloguing the Emmerson Collection

April 15, 2016

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In April 2015, we received the most significant and valuable donation of rare books in our 160 year history: The Emmerson Collection. One year on, we look back over the extraordinary work being carried out by our rare book cataloguers Derrick Moors and Richard Overell.

King Charles on the scaffold, bound in copy of King Charls his speech made upon the scaffold London, 1649

The trial and execution of a King

January 29, 2016

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The Library holds some of the earliest printed accounts of the trial and execution King Charles I. The pamphlets are part of the Emmerson collection, one of the great private libraries of early English books in the world.

A little bit easier to carry.

The man who shrank the book

December 29, 2015

Our stories:

Do you like to take your books with you; to read on the train, a park, or in a plane? You have a man named Aldus Manutius to thank for that.… Read More ›

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.

The map that changed the world

The map that changed the world

November 17, 2015

People & professions, Such was life:

This year marks the bicentenary of the publication of the first geological map of England and Wales, laying the foundations for geological surveys across the world.

Extraordinary rare book collection donated to State Library

Extraordinary rare book collection donated to State Library

April 17, 2015

News:

The late John Emmerson QC has donated one of the world’s great rare book collections to the State Library.

Beautiful artists’ books on show

Beautiful artists’ books on show

August 10, 2011

Collection, Exhibitions, News:

Fine impressions: printmaking and artists’ books in Melbourne 1999-2010 is a new display that showcases beautiful limited-edition books by 20 Melbourne artists and printmakers. In the digital era the future… Read More ›