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2008-12, 360, Brian Taylor, Notes and Queries

Notes&Queries early 2009

Rare Books Exhibition at Monash University Library in April 2009

There will be an exhibition, “Recent Acquisitions 5”, of material from Monash University Library Rare Books Collection. The exhibition will be opened by Professor Edwina Cornish, The University’s Deputy Vice-chancellor (Research), on Wednesday, 1 April 2009, at 12:45pm for a 1pm start in Level 1, ISB Wing, Sir Louis Matheson Library, on the Clayton Campus of the University in Wellington Road, Clayton.

For more information contact

Richard Overell, Rare Books Librarian, on:+61 3 9905 2689; mobile 0422 801 149

email richard.overell@lib.monash.edu.au

The web address is: http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/rare/

 

 

Ferguson Lecture Wednesday 8 April 2009

Selling Books at Auction in Nineteenth Century Australia

BCSA Victorian member Professor Wallace Kirsop will present the 2009 Ferguson Memorial Lecture, which will look at the importance of book-auctions in Australia in the nineteenth century. Wallace Kirsop’s time at the University of Sydney in the early 1960s and later at Monash University established him as a patriarchal figure in the history of the book in Australia. This lecture series commemorates the life of the late Sir John Ferguson, a former judge of the NSW Industrial Commission, who was a noted collector and bibliographer and also a member of the BCSA. The Ferguson Lecture will be held in St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie Street, where Sir John was a Presbyterian elder for so long and where his father was minister.

Time: 5:30pm for 6:00pm, with light refreshments on arrival.

Cost: Free.

Venue: Ferguson Hall, St Stephen’s Uniting Church,Macquarie Street, Sydney.

 

Charles Stitz asks for information on Dr Eric McDonald and F G Coles

Charles Stitz would like to hear from anyone who can supply biographical information about Dr. Eric McDonald, whose library was offered for sale by Angus & Robertson in a priced catalogue in April 1963, described therein, (somewhat hyperbolically) as “the finest collection of Australiana ever offered for sale in Australia”.

Also, Charles would like to hear from anyone who can supply any biographical information on F G Coles, whose important collection of Australiana was auctioned by Gaston Renard and Leonard Joel Pty Ltd in Melbourne in July 1965.

Replies please by phone to 02 6021 3230 (10:30am to 6pm, Tuesday to Saturday) or by email to <booksondean@bigpond.com>.

 

Cookery Book or Cookbook?

In the September N & Q section in the item on the Australian Cookbook Society, there was mention of the fact that the older term cookery book had now been virtually supplanted by cookbook (though a table currently in the secondhand section of Berkelouw’s bookshop in Sydney’s Leichhardt is labelled “Cooking Books”). And it is not the only term to have become abbreviated in this way. The older term sailing boat has now been replaced by sailboat, rowing boat by rowboat, swimming carnival by swim carnival, etc. etc. As the late, onetime science television guru in Australia, Professor Julius Sumner Miller, might have said: Why is this so? Probably most of us would blame these changes on the penetration of Australian English by American English, and justifiably so. But back in 1936 H W Horwill onp.176 of his article “American Variations” which appeared in S.P.E.R. Tract, No. 42, published by England’s Society for Pure English, blamed this phenomenon ultimately on the Germans, though not through their influence on American English by their being the largest non-English speaking group in the USA in earlier times, but rather through the very large number of American students who went for their higher degree studies to Germany at a time when German universities offered a doctoral degree, where British universities did not. In German the above English words would be expressed respectively as Kochbuch, Segelboot, Ruderboot and a public swimming pool would be Schwimmbad ‘swim baths’. That may well be why it is so. However, these days linguistic influence goes very much the other way, so Germans wealthy enough to have a private swimming pool in their back garden or basement are quite happy to refer to it as der Swimmingpool.

 

Catalogues

The following catalogues have been received and will be available for perusal at the next Sydney meeting:

G A & J A Burkhardt Old and Fine Books.

November–December 2008 Catalogue: Australiana, Miscellaneous.

Contact details: 11 Larakia Street, Waramanga ACT 2611 Tel: (02) 6388 1939

Peter Moore Bookseller, Cambridge.

Catalogue 87: Australian Local Histories. Books, booklets & books of views.

Contact details: Unit 12, The Old Maltings, 135 Ditton Walk, Cambridage, CB5 8py, United Kingdom;

Tel: +44-1223-411177 Email: <aus.pacbooks@lineone.net>

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