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'World of the book' Cultural members curator talk

Members only

25 May 2022, 2:00pm3:45pm
BookingsBookings required
Location Meet in Hansen Hall
Swanston Street Welcome Zone
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Chart the rise and restyling of the beloved book as our expert curators take you on a members-only journey through this one-of-a-kind exhibition on the history of book design, production and illustration from the Middle Ages to today.

From books that break the mould to books that changed the world, World of the book features more than 200 never-before-exhibited items and celebrates the unique place books have in our hearts and minds.

This new display features a 19th-century boxed set of Jane Austen’s complete works; artist responses to Dante’s iconic Divine comedy, from the 16th century to today; a selection of works by Jack Kerouac, and a photograph that hints at a Heide connection; a reflection on the Civil Rights Movement by Martin Luther King Jr that resonates today; and a collection of rare pirated editions of James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Sylvia Plath, Bob Dylan and Philip Roth.

Plus, see rare medieval manuscripts and sacred texts, magnificent natural history and botanical illustration, as well as children’s books, sketches and sculptures.

This event is for State Library Victoria’s Cultural members only. Become a Cultural member today.   


  • 2pm - 2.45pm
  • 3pm - 3.45pm

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