Rare Books from the RHSV collection
Melbourne Rare Book Week
The RHSV has had a active collecting policy both in Australia and back ‘home’ in the UK since its start in 1909. In the 1920s, when the Victorian Branch of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) closed, their archive and library were absorbed by the RHSV. Whereas the RHSV collection is concentrated on Victoria, the RGS collection is much broader, covering exploration across Australia and the Pacific and, because of this ‘misfit’, their collection was not catalogued until recently. Jillian will speak about two explorers’ journals and the Moll atlas.
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