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Join librarian John Stevens for an overview of the Library's expansive collection of independently produced zines.
Listen to the 2015 Foxcroft lecture presented by Donald Kerr, discussing the libraries of three notable New Zealand book collectors.
Watch our lively panel discussion on the most interesting and challenging aspects of contemporary book design.
Barbara Brend on two of the world’s great illuminated manuscripts known as the ‘Khamsas’ or ‘Five Poems’.
See why Melbourne is a major centre for Australian printmaking and artists' books.
What are artists’ books and why are there so many in the Library’s Rare Printed collections?
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