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World of the Book 2024

25 May 2024, 10:00am18 May 2025, 6:00pm
Bookings No bookings required
Location Dome Galleries, Level 4
The Dome

World of the Book features more than 300 rare, remarkable, historically significant items in the State Collection, uncovering the unique stories they tell and celebrating the unique place books have in our hearts and minds.

This year’s themes cover books and ideas; books and imagination; exploring the world; art and nature; and artists and books.

Marvel at a variety of firsts: the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji by female Japanese author Murasaki Shikibu; a celebration of 550 years since the first printing in English with rare examples of William Caxton’s work; and first editions by internationally renowned authors Toni Morrison and Haruki Murakami.

Discover the imaginative realms of A.A. Milne and Winnie the Pooh; original pulp fiction art; contemporary art inspired by master illustrators of birdlife and nature; and Suffragette history acquired through the Library’s Women Writers Fund.

Learn more about World of the Book.

Explore the Library's online exhibition, Beyond the Book: A Digital Journey through the Treasures of the Emmerson Collection.


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