Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Library lovers - don't miss Melbourne Rare Books Week

Book lovers will be fascinated by Melbourne Rare Books Week, to be held between June 30 and July 9, 2017. This yearly event is a major attraction for students, academics, bibliophiles, book collectors and all who have a love of words and literary heritage. Admission to all events is free

If you have a fascination for rare books and manuscripts, it is time you discovered RMIT University Library Special Collection - which houses the oldest book in our Library, an item published in 1664! This philosophical title is, In taciti primordia annalium & historias commentatio [trans. In the first days of secret histories] by Johann Heinrich Boecler.

Another rare publication dates from 1472 and is titled Six rare incunabula manuscript leaves. Written in Latin, this is an exquisite example of the printing techniques of the fifteenth century. 

Other treasures held in the Library Special Collection include a book written in 1664, titled  In taciti primordia annalium & historias commentatio (trans. In the first days of secret histories); a handwritten thesis from 1949Textile design for hand woven and printed fabrics : a thesis prepared for the Art Teachers' Certificate, 1949 and The Banksias, a beautifully illustrated book about Australian wild flowers.

For more information about the Library Special Collection check out our Library guide.

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