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Become a bookplate donor

If you're looking for a gift to celebrate a special person or book lover in your life, then a personalised bookplate in the State Library's book collection is the ideal present.

Your personal tribute to a friend or family member will be placed inside a specially selected book in the State Library Victoria collection, and preserved for future generations.

Each bookplate features a stunningly detailed illustration from the Library’s Rare Books Collection, with a dedication to your gift recipient, or yourself. You are welcome to view the bookplate once it has been added to the collection.

This unique, tax-deductible donation gives twice – it is an ideal gift and it supports the Library’s work in building our Collection.

Choose your bookplate

You can select from the following bookplates, named after master illustrators whose valuable works are held in the Library’s collection:

  • $175: John William Lewin (1770–1819)
  • $500: John James Audubon (1785–1851)
  • $1000: John (1804–81) and Elizabeth Gould (1804–41)

Your contribution is tax deductible.

About the illustrators

Lewin

John William Lewin arrived in New South Wales in 1800, intent on furthering his career as a naturalist. His book Birds of New South Wales, with their natural history was the first illustrated book printed in Australia.

Audubon

Born in Haiti and raised in France, John James Audubon migrated to America at 18 and soon devoted himself to his passion: an ornithological survey of North American birds. His vivid life-size paintings were transferred to copper etching plates for printing and then hand coloured by a team of artists.

Gould

Husband and wife John and Elizabeth Gould collaborated on some of the 19th century’s most significant ornithological publications, including The birds of Australia and the adjacent islands (1837). From John’s initial sketch, Elizabeth would produce a detailed watercolour, then transfer the image to the lithographic stone to produce the final print, that was hand coloured.

Order your bookplates