A Passion for Books
The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers is proud to present its 40th Australian Antiquarian Book Fair, to be held from Friday July 26 to Sunday July 28 in the University of Melbourne’s historic Wilson Hall. Fine, rare and collectable books, prints, maps and ephemera will be offered for sale by leading Australian and international booksellers. Explore the world of books with knowledgeable booksellers specialising in subjects as diverse as art, literature, travel, Australiana, fine bindings, militaria, sport, natural history, children's books, maps and prints. Entry to the Book Fair is free.
The ANZAAB Melbourne Rare Book Fair is part of Melbourne Rare Book Week, July 18–28. This year even more libraries and museums will join with booksellers to showcase Melbourne as a UNESCO City of Literature. The theme is “a passion for books” — and passionate bibliophiles will find much to interest and entertain them during this extended week of free lectures, exhibitions and entertainment.
The Melbourne Rare Book Week program is still evolving, but it already includes some marvellous events —for example, treasures from the rich tapestry of Italian culture displayed in an exhibition of Italian Books Through the Ages at the University of Melbourne’s Baillieu Library, highlighting its exciting new purchase of Aldus Manutius’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, printed in Venice in 1499; The Art of Praise: the Italian Medieval Choir Book 1250-1550 featured in an exhibition and lecture by Professor Margaret Manion at St Mary’s Newman Academic Centre; the romance of poetry showcased by the Matheson Library, Monash University; lectures on the physical nature of rare books at the State Library of Victoria; a lecture on the fascinating language of books by Professor Kate Burridge at the Old Treasury Building; and They are still strange people, these book collectors: another look at rare books, crime and murder by Graham Dudley, presented by the Friends of the Baillieu Library.
And for the curious bibliosoph, bibliotaph, bibliolater, bibliognost or bibliomaniac, an opportunity to find out whether their collecting tastes and techniques are based in romance or reality when they consult a bibliopole at the Rare Books Assessment Day presented by the Melbourne Museum.
Melbourne Rare Book Week, July 18 – 28 2013
40th ANZAAB Australian Antiquarian Book Fair
Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne, July 26–28 2013
Friday 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Free admission to all events
For more information visit the official website