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Rare Book Week: E.W. Cole and His Book Arcade

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24 July 2024, 12:00pm12:45pm
24 July 2024, 5:00pm5:45pm
Bookings Bookings required
Location Collection Viewing Room
Meet at the Swanston Street Welcome Zone

Discover the life and exploits of E.W. Cole, owner of the famous Cole’s Book Arcade in this illuminating talk and viewing.

A staple of 19th century Melbourne, Cole was a canny businessman, visionary and a true believer in everyone having the right to access books, with his Arcade once spanning all the way from Collins St to Bourke St.

Join us for a viewing where we’ll look at some of the treasures from the Library’s collection that tell us about Cole and what was once hailed 'the grandest bookshop in the world'.

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About Melbourne Rare Book Week

Rare Book Week is an annual, Melbourne-wide program of free talks and events that celebrate the importance of books, literacy and literature in our lives. It has become a key event in literary Melbourne’s calendar since 2012.


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