Rare Book Week at the University of Melbourne

Once again the University of Melbourne will be providing a rich offering of displays, talks and events in celebration of Melbourne Rare Book Week, to be held 30 June to 9 July 2017.

Highlights include a Baillieu Library display of the lavishly illuminated 23kg Clumber Bible on loan from the Kerry Stokes Collection, a floor talk exploring the Grainger Museum exhibition Percy Grainger: The accidental futurist and much more. The week will culminate with the Melbourne Rare Book Fair, to be held in Wilson Hall at the University from 7 to 9 July, 2017.

Melbourne Rare Book Week commenced in 2012 as a partnership between the Australian and New Zealand Association Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), the University of Melbourne and eight other literary institutions. In 2017, over 60 free events will be held at libraries, literary and historical societies and bookshops throughout Melbourne, attracting local, national and international visitors.

Visit the Melbourne Rare Book Week website for the full program.

Image: Detail from historiated initial ‘I’ from an antiphonal, c.1490, on display during Rare Book Week as part of the Medieval Books Great and Small: The Clumber Bible exhibition. Rare Books, University of Melbourne