The John Emmerson Collection

Booked out

Richard Hooker, On the laws of ecclesiastical polity (1635)
06 July 2017, 11:00am11:45am
Booked out
LocationMeet in front foyer
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

The late John Emmerson was described as ‘one of the great book collectors of our time’ by Nicholas Barker, editor of The book collector.

In 2015 the Emmerson Collection, comprising over 5000 early English books with a particular emphasis on the English Civil War, was donated to the State Library of Victoria.

During this session, Richard Overell and Des Cowley will introduce you to some of the highlights of the Library's Emmerson Collection of rare books.

About the speakers

  • Richard Overell was until the end of 2014 the Rare Books Librarian at Monash University Library. He now works at State Library Victoria helping to catalogue the John Emmerson Collection.
  • Des Cowley is the History of the Book manager at State Library Victoria. He is co-curator of the Library's 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).

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.