media officer and translator. a travelling enthusiast and book lover.
Mirror of the World
For a bookworm like me, the greatest invention ever would be the printing press, which made mass-production of books possible and realised the glorious dream of Enlightenment – 'diffusion of light'.
Since then, we human beings are no longer separated individuals confused about our identities on this gigantic planet. Instead, we are incorporated into a huge culture web woven by books. They inform us of who we are and where we are going to be. They record our past, reflect our present, and indicate our future. They are the' Mirror of the World'.
Franticham, Paris Metro affiches, Dugort, Achill Island, Ireland, Redfoxpress, 2012 Source: State Library of Victoria www.slv.vic.gov.au
So, if you are interested in some rare, beautiful and historically significant books, and how they track down the development of our human history, you shouldn't miss this exhibition by State Library of Victoria.
The free exhibition, which is held in the galleries overlooking La Trobe Reading Room, displays a fine collection of books dating back to the Middle Ages. Five themes are included into the exhibition: 'Books and Ideas', 'The Book and the Imagination', 'Exploring the World', 'Art and Nature', and 'The Artist and the Book'.
The exhibition will take you back to the history of books and printing, show you the creative ways books and texts are combined, explore how books are used to document our world and investigate the art of illustrations.
Go to State Library's website for more information. Some audio and video resources are available there for download, which will give you an overarching view of the exhibition. Have fun!