Shaped books: from die-cuts to laser production

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Kookaburra (the laughing jackass) and the black snake, Jonaski Takuma, Geo Robertson & Co, Melbourne, 1897
05 July 2017, 11:00am11:45am
05 July 2017, 6:00pm6:45pm
Booked out
LocationMeet in front foyer
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

A fascinating variation to the production of toy and moveable books was developed at the end of the 19th century, when children’s book publishers cut the cover of illustrated books into the outline of a scene or character.

Dr Juliet O’Conor, Children’s Research Librarian, will show a selection of shaped children’s books from early die-cuts to contemporary laser-cut productions, each designed to catch the imagination of readers and encourage participation with these books.

About the speaker

Dr Juliet O’Conor is Children’s Research Librarian at the State Library of Victoria. She has specialised in narrative analysis and literary history in her publications, which include Bottersnikes and other lost things (2009) and the forthcoming book of her thesis on Indigenous Australian children’s books. 

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.