Join curators Des Cowley and Anna Welch for a special tour of the Mirror of the world: books and ideas exhibition.
View rare, beautiful and historically significant books in our Rare Books Collection, from Audubon's Birds of America to 1950s pulp fiction and contemporary works of art and design.
Located in the galleries overlooking the magnificent La Trobe Reading Room, this exhibition celebrates the unique place of books in our hearts and minds.
About the speakers
- Des Cowley is the History of the Book manager at State Library Victoria. He is co-curator of the exhibition Mirror of the world: books and ideas and co-author of The world of the book (2007). He recently co-edited Creating and collecting: artists' books in Australia (2015).
- Anna Welch is a book historian working in the History of the Book collection at State Library Victoria. She is co-curator of the Mirror of the world exhibition and recently published a monograph based on her doctoral research into Italian manuscripts, Liturgy, books and Franciscan identity in medieval Umbria (Brill, The Medieval Franciscans 12, 2015).
Rare Book Week
This free event is presented as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week (30 June – 9 July), celebrating books, the printed word and literary heritage.