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No 79 Autumn 2007

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The La Trobe Journal

is published by the State Library of Victoria Foundation twice yearly in Autumn and Spring. Formerly the La Trobe Library Journal, it was published from 1968 to 1997 by the Friends of the State Library (now amalgamated with the State Library of Victoria Foundation).
Editorial Committee: John Barnes (editor), Sandra Burt (assistant to editor), John Arnold, Morton Browne, Shane Carmody, Anne Colman, Des Cowley, Yvonne Hurley, Wallace Kirsop.
Administrative assistant: Joanne Halpin.
Editorial address: Editor, The La Trobe Journal, State Library of Victoria Foundation, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. E-mail:
Contributions are invited on scholarly topics and are subject to refereeing.
Opinions expressed in The La Trobe Journal are those of the individual contributors and no responsibility is accepted for them by the Editorial Committee or the State Library of Victoria Foundation.
Copyright of material published in The La Trobe Journal is vested in the author, except where stated otherwise.
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Members of the State Library of Victoria Foundation receive The La Trobe Journal free as part of their membership. Details of membership are given on the inside back cover. Subscriptions are not available to non-members.
Single copies (when available) may be purchased online through the Library Shop ( or directly from the State Library (ask at Foyer Desk).
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All photographs in this number of The La Trobe Journal are from the State Library of Victoria, unless stated otherwise. Library photography is by the Photographic Unit of the State Library.
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Front cover: Jean Guttemberg [Johann Gutenberg]. Portrait of the printer, engraved by Nicolas De Larmessin. Extracted from Academie des Sciences & des Arts [edited by Jacques Ignace Bullart], Paris : Imprimé par les soins de l'autheur; se vendent chez L. Bilaine, 1682. Rare Books *SEF Sticht Collection 133. The text accompanying the portrait begins: ‘Le premier inventeur fut JEAN GUDENBERGER, GUDEMBERG, ou GUTTEMBERG; car ce nom se trouve imprimé diversement.’
Back cover: Etching from Liber veritatis, or, A collection of two hundred prints after the original designs of Claude Le Lorrain : in the collection of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire/executed by Richard Earlom. Published in London, 1777, vol. 3, no. 54. Provenance: Robert Carl Sticht. Rare Books *SEF 759.4 G28L

Stop Press

To coincide with the important exhibition, The Medieval imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand, which will run from March to June 2008 at the State Library, The La Trobe Journal No. 81, which is scheduled for publication in May 2008, will focus on medieval topics. Anyone interested in contributing to the issue is invited to contact the Guest Editor, Dr Gregory Kratzmann, at
The La Trobe Journal
No. 79 Autumn 2007


From the Editorial Chair 2
Heather Gaunt The Library of Robert Carl Sticht 5
John Arnold A Note on A. H. Spencer and the Hill of Content Bookshop 27
Dorothy Prescott A Little Master's Piece 31
Hilary Maddocks Geofroy Tory's 1531 Books of Hours 43
Olga Tsara Linnaeus Tripe's Views of Burma 55
Juliet O'Conor The Legends of Moonie Jarl: Our First Indigenous Children's Book 67
Shane Carmody A Life of Scholarship: A. B. Foxcroft at the Melbourne Public Library 82
The La Trobe Journal is edited by John Barnes, assisted by Sandra Burt, and is published twice a year by the State Library of Victoria Foundation.
ISSN 1441-3760