Rare Books Librarian, Jan McDonald, reveals her two favourite volumes of botanical illustrations from the early 19th century.
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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.
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Barbara Brend on two of the world’s great illuminated manuscripts known as the ‘Khamsas’ or ‘Five Poems’.
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What are artists’ books and why are there so many in the Library’s Rare Printed collections?
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