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Noted Donations to the Melbourne Public Library

Melbourne Rare Book Week

Event Date: 18 July 2024 06:00 PM to 18 July 2024 07:00 PM
Author / Presenters: Shane Carmody
Event Venue: Tonic House
Event Organiser: Melbourne Rare Book Week

From its beginning the Melbourne Public Library supplemented its book stock with donations. In 1873, the library published a catalogue of these gifts, listing an array of donors from emperors and kings to more humble colonists. In part a celebration, in part an appeal for more gifts, the catalogue provides an insight into the literary culture of the time. Historian Shane Carmody will discuss book culture in the early years of the Colony of Victoria, featuring eminent donors and their fascinating donations to the Melbourne Public Library collection.

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