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Dome at Dusk: The mystery of the missing beetles

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Guillaume-Antoine Olivier, Entomologie, ou, Histoire naturelle des insectes (Paris, 1789), Rare Books Collection, State Library Victoria.
21 November 2019, 6:00pm6:30pm
Location Dome Galleries, Level 4
The Dome
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

In 2016, the Library’s Rare Books curators discovered that an important 18th-century text on entomology (the study of insects) had been mutilated, with many of the exquisite hand-coloured engraved images cut out. It was the first clue in a detective story that led all the way to the Entomology Department at Melbourne Museum, uncovering the life of an intriguing 19th-century French aristocrat, the Comte de Castelnau, along the way.

Join World of the book curator Dr Anna Welch to crack the case of the missing beetles!