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State Library Victoria
Dome Galleries, Level 4
328 Swanston St
VIC 3000
Explore a wealth of ideas and imagination in World of the book, a one-of-a-kind exhibition showcasing the history of book design, production and illustration from the Middle Ages to today.

See rare medieval manuscripts and sacred texts, magnificent natural history and botanical illustration, and stunning modern artist books and fine press editions. Discover pioneering Australian classics, children’s books, graphic novels and comics, and cutting-edge graphic design.

From books that break the mould to books that changed the world, World of the book celebrates the unique place books have in our hearts and minds.

The exhibition explores five themes:

Books and ideas
Books and imagination
Exploring the world
Art and nature
Artists and books.

This exhibition opened in 2005 as "Mirror of the world: books and ideas" In 2017, it reopened as "World of the book".