History and Art of the Book Collection

One of the component collections of the Australian Library of Art, the History and Art of the Book showcases and preserves rare and fine books reflecting the art, craft, history and impact of the printed book.

The collection includes works illustrating the development of English colour printing during the 19th century, a representative collection of English and American private presses, and showcases examples of fine book production and designer bookbindings.

Reference books about the history of publishing, typography, paper-making, printing, marbling, binding and associated book-making technologies are represented, along with examples of each craft. The collection also includes books printed before 1842, Australiana published before 1900 and a small collection of books on horse racing in Australia.

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Walter Crane, The Baby's bouquet a fresh bunch of old rhymes & tunes 1878? [RB 784.624 1878]

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The yellow book: an illustrated quarterly 1894-97 [RB 820.5]

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Lothar Meggendorfer Look at me! : a new movable toybook 1891 [RB 741 1891]

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H. Noel Humphreys The illuminated calendar and home diary for 1845 [RB 096.1 1844]

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Owen Jones and Henry Warren The history of Joseph and his brethren: Genesis chaprs XXXVII, XXXVIII, XL.1865 [RB 222.11052 1865]

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Diogenes Laertius Laertii Diogenis Vitae et sententiae eorum qui in philosophia probati fuerunt 1475 [RB 180 1475] 

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Works from the antiquities collection including an Egyptian funerary cone, Sumerian cuneiform tablet and envelope (2028 BCE), Roman marble memorial tablet (150-200 CE) and a Babylonian brick fragment with cuneiform characters (557-539 BCE)