Visitors to the Library in 2017 may recall the exhibition, Cover to Cover: Exposing the Bookbinder’s Ancient Craft. Capitalising on the success of the physical display, Lee has now converted her exhibition into Rare Books & Special Collections’ first, major online exhibition. To learn more about this fascinating craft, including the connection between a book’s binding […]
The tragedy of William Kinmont In 1891 the 24-year old William Kinmont left his native Scotland to try his luck in the dominions. A recent M.A. graduate from the University of Edinburgh, William had distinguished himself as Senior President of the Students’ Representative Council and editor of the student magazine. Armed with excellent references, he […]
On 31 October 1517 the German Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, attached his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Luther’s objections to church doctrine and practices, relating especially to the sale of indulgences, sparked the Protestant Reformation and instigated social and political change on a global scale. Luther’s belief that Scripture […]
Born in North Adelaide, Fiveash was first taught art by Miss Annie Bentham, a painter of birds and flowers, and later studied at the Adelaide School of Art and Design from 1881 to 1888, specialising in the painting of Australian flora. Despite the lack of formal recognition during her lifetime, Rosa Fiveash is regarded as […]
Bookbinding is a humble pursuit. Rarely does it receive the attention and glamour afforded to other ancient crafts. Unlike the silversmith or the glassblower, whose talents are immediately obvious, the binder’s craft of construction is largely concealed. Durability and function are foremost in the bookbinder’s mind; theirs is a role of guardianship – they serve […]
This exhibition showcases the contributions of Rare Books & Special Collections to learning and research throughout 2016. We have supported undergraduate students with assignments, researchers with source materials and creative projects with inspirational works. We have also responded to queries from interstate and international researchers ranging from Broome to Russia, and supplied resources to exhibitions […]
On display in the Rare Books & Special Collections foyer until the 31st January 2017 is a festive exhibition featuring Christmas books, cards, recipes, prints and theatre programs. Visit us during Library opening hours to discover some of the earliest records of Christmas!
From America, England, Europe and even Antarctica, many of the books held in Special Collections have travelled far and wide to get here. This exhibition showcases just how far some of these books have come, based on the inscriptions and bookplates found inside their covers. Why Map The initial idea for mapping the provenance […]