A real treat for book lovers

By Catherine Fooke

Book lovers, readers and collectors are in for a real treat from July 14 to 24 during the 2016 Melbourne Rare Book Week.

Run by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers, this fifth year’s catalogue of free events, lectures, exhibitions and readings also includes its 44th Australian Antiquarian Book Fair.

Many of the dozens of items in the 32-page Rare Book Week program will take place at venues throughout the CBD, including the State Library Victoria, the Melbourne Athenaeum Library and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.

Discover the world through historical travel books with speaker Richard Overell, and admire how Anne Kucera designs and makes her unusual pop-up books – both at the Athenaeum.

Learn about the Irish Easter Rising of 1916 in a display of artefacts and materials in the SLV’s Blue Rotunda Gallery, and marvel at what people collect in the Cabinets of Wonder show presented by the Ephemera Society of Australia at RHSV in A’Beckett St.

Historian professor David Walker will examine the valuable books and tales of Australia’s Orient in the Roy Morgan Research Rare Book Week Lecture at Morgans at 401 Collins St.

Take a trip back to 1880s Melbourne through the eyes of Mystery of a Hansom Cab author Fergus Hume in a walk led by detective fiction expert Lucy Sussex.

ANZAAB president Jonathan Burdon said Rare Book Week had firmly established itself as “not to be missed” in the annual Melbourne cultural calendar.

“The events are interesting and informative, and some are just plain fun,” he said.

“So for the love of books, please join us at this year’s Melbourne Rare Book Week.”

For more information go to www.rarebookweek.com or ring 9654 8506.

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