Notes & Queries
Victorian Editor Richard Overell draws attention to the following events:
Book Collectors Society (Victorian Branch) are holding their AGM 2010 and Annual Dinner at 6:30 for 7:00pm on Thursday 2 April 2010 East Malvern RSL, Stanley Grose Drive, East Malvern. The speaker is Nick Dawes of Australian Book Auctions, who will give a talk on “The Berry Sale”.
“Children’s Books: The Lindsay Shaw Collection”, an exhibition of material from the Monash University Library Rare Books Collection, will be opened by Dr Rebecca Do Rozario of the University’s School of English, Communications and Performance at 1pm on Tuesday 13 April 2010 on Level 1, 1SB Wing, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton Campus, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton.
BCSA member and frequent contributor to Biblionews, Jürgen Wegner, reports in his Brandywine project emails the following pieces of news of book collecting relevance:
100 years Mitchell Library, Sydney
Australia’s most famous collection of Australiana, the Mitchell Library (part of the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2010.
All due to same crazy guy called Mitchell who wanted to collect books of all things! What will they think of next, I wonder? Check out the 100 years Mitchell Library website: www.onehundred.sl.nsw.gov.au/
They’ve even has a special typeface designed for the occasion
The website is a work in progress so bookmark it for future reference.
The 5th Australian and New Zealand Rare Books Summer School held at the State Library of Victoria: 8-12 February 2010.
There are 4 week-long courses:
Exploring medieval manuscripts—The Italian Renaissance book and afterwards—The changing image of children’s books—Handpress printing (the latter being conducted by Carolyn Fraser of Melbourne’s Idlewild Press).
Interested in rare books and special collections?
There’s a new discussion list for rare book and special collections librarians called anz-rare-books:
It doesn’t say that you have to be a rare book or special collections librarian to subscribe: “The anz-rare-books discussion list provides a networking tool for those involved or interested in Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship. Collection and exhibition news, reviews and discussion on all aspects of rare book librarianship are welcome. It is a private list (“Because this mailing list is private, you must be approved by a mailing list administrator before you can become a member of this mailing list”), but the information on collection and exhibition news, issues, &c &c
might well be of interest to a wider audience. And, in any case, I think such venues should be open to the wider (but interested) public … such as book collectors who might find a home for some of their “treasures” through details of collections which might appear here. Worth a try!
Jennifer Alison’s much anticipated and long-awaited early history of Angus & Robertson is now available: Doing something for Australia: George Robertson and the early years of Angus & Robertson, Publishers, 1888–1900. [reviewed in the present issue of Biblionews, Ed.] The book is another valuable study on book and printing history published by the Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand. Copies are $55 RRP from email@example.com. Members get copies at trade prices (cost?) so don’t you wish you were a member! Both book and membership are recommended for the journal Script & print, an informative newsletter, for the annual conferences and, not least, for supporting an important part of Australian and New Zealand book and printing studies.
From another long-time Biblionews contributor, Nigel Sinnott, came some months ago; sign in the window of antiquarian bookshop.
(These are made available to members at the next Sydney meeting after they are received.)
G A & J A Burkhardt Old and Fine Books. September 2009 Catalogue: Australiana, Miscellaneous.
G A & J A Burkhardt Old and Fine Books. November 2009 Catalogue: Australiana, Australian Local Histories, Miscellaneous.
Contact details: 11 Larakia Street, Waramanga ACT 2611 Tel: (02) 6388 1939.
Edition Renard. Single sheet: re 2009 reprint of Robert Jarman’s Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas, in the “Japan” (Beccles and London, 1838).
Contact details: PO Box 1030, Ivanhoe Vic 3079
Tel: +61 (0)3 9459 5040 Fax: +61 (0)3 9459 6787
Oak Knoll Press, 6 sheets, including:
Richard Wendorf, The Literature of Collecting & Other Essays;
Asa Briggs, A History of Longmans And Their Books, 1724-1990: Longevity in Publishing;
Robin Myers et al., eds, Music and the Book Trade from the Sixteenth to
the Twentieth Century;
David Pearson, Books as History: The Importance of Books beyond
Their Texts. (Books of principally American interest are omitted here.)
Contact details: 310 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720, USA
Australian distributor: Kay Craddock, Antiquarian Bookseller,
The Assembly Hall Building, 156 Collins Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: (03) 9654 7351 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas Stewart Fine Books: Australiana, November 2009
(tipped in is the sheet: Books on Australian Bookplates);
Hong Kong Highlights, December 2009.
Douglas Stewart Fine Books
PO Box 3240, Prahran East, Melbourne Vic 3181
Tel: 0402280059 Email: email@example.com