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Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2022 - FREE Entry

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A gathering of buyers, sellers & lovers of books
Following a two-year break, the Melbourne Rare Book Fair returns to Wilson Hall at the University of Melbourne from 7 to 9 July 2022. Entry is FREE and all book lovers are welcome.

Presented by the Australian & New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) under the auspices of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the Melbourne Rare Book Fair is regarded as the largest Rare Book Fair in the Southern Hemisphere and showcases twenty-two antiquarian, rare book and rare print dealers from all over Australia.

This year marks the 49th Australian Antiquarian Book Fair and the 50th anniversary of the first Melbourne Book Fair at Monash University and will feature a diverse range of rare and beautiful antiquarian books and prints that they have been stockpiling during the pandemic.

This is a very special opportunity for book lovers and collectors to peruse and purchase antiquarian, rare and collectible books, prints and ephemera across a wide range of subjects and budgets.

All interests and levels of collecting will be catered for, including cookery, local history, Australiana, poetry, literature, art, children's books, militaria, LGBTIQ counterculture, colonial Australia and much more!

Some of the highlights that will be on display and available for purchase include:

  • A leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, (ca.1450s) the first book printed with moveable type in Western civilisation presented by Douglas Stewart Fine Books.

  • A fine set of Robert Estienne's celebrated printing of the Hebrew Old Testament, in Hebrew in 17 volumes (1544-1546) presented by Hordern House

  • A very rare example of the Second Folio Shakespeare (1632), arguably the most important book published in the English language, presented by Kay Craddock - Antiquarian Bookseller.

  • A scarce copy of The Pastorals of Virgil (1821) with the rare woodcuts by William Blake presented by Archives Fine Books

  • A rare, limited edition of The Antarctic Book: Winter Quarters, 1907-1909 being a record of Shackleton's expedition to the Ross Sea signed by each member of the shore party presented by The Book Merchant Jenkins

  • A signed copy of a rare, limited edition of T S Eliot's Poems (1926) presented by Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

  • An ephemeral booklet for the Electricity Supply Department Victoria (1940) believed to be an unrecorded work of Max Dupain, the celebrated photographer, presented by Rare Illustrated Books

  • The original icon of the pop art movement, Andy Warhol print "Tomato Soup" no 32/250 signed (1968) presented by Douglas Stewart Fine Books

  • For bird lovers three beautiful items:

    - Lewin's A Natural History of the Birds of New South Wales (1838) presented by Douglas Stewart Fine Books

    - Buller's A History of the Birds of New Zealand (1887-1906) presented by The Book Merchant Jenkins

    - Buller's A History of the Birds of New Zealand (1887-1888), signed presented by Archives Fine Books

    Beyond these highlights, there will be much more - ranging from medieval illuminated manuscripts of the 14th century to rare and special items from the 21st century. Click here to find out more.

    Whatever your tastes may be, you are sure to find a rare and interesting book, print or piece of ephemera to add to your collection. Don't miss the Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2022. Plan your visit by heading to:



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    When: Thursday 7th - Saturday 9th July
    Where: Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne
    Cost: Free Entry
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