Brisbane Antiquarian Book Fair at State Library

The State Library is home to the History and art of the Book collection showcasing and preserving rare and fine books reflecting the art, craft, history and impact of the printed book.

The Microcosm of London by Rudolph Ackermann, was published in 26 parts fromn 1808 to 1810, and contains hand-coloured aquatint plates depicting the life and architechture of London. Much of the work on the Microcosm was reputedly carried out by French emigre women and children.

This collection is heavily accessed by bibliophiles and includes antiquities, early examples of printed books from the 1400s, limited edition Australian art books, works illustrating the development of English colour printing during the 19th century, a representative collection of English and American private presses, examples of fine book production and designer bookbindings, works exhibiting examples of typography, paper-making, marbling, book making technologies and books about bookmaking.


On 16-18 September the liBrisFair will be held in the State Library's Studio on level 1. Fine, beautiful and rare books, prints, maps, photographs, manuscripts and ephemera on a range of subjects including history, literature, art, natural history, sport, military, and Queensland History will be offered for sale by 16 antiquarian booksellers from around Australia.

We look forward to seeing you among the treasures in the Studio next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Enquiries: (07) 38430556 or (07) 3229 3278.

Simon Farley

Librarian - John Oxley Library


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