Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas
State Library of Victoria
On Until 31 December 2016
Discover stunning artwork alongside powerful words in this visual feast for book-lovers.
Recent acquisitions and new stories are featured each year in this special exhibition, revealing different aspects of the Library’s Rare Books collection, and showcasing rare and significant works that trace the history of book design from medieval manuscripts to comics.
The exhibition features 235 new items, dating from 2050 BC to the present day. Highlights include:
- selections from the John Emmerson collection, including the collected writings of King James I, printed in 1616 and given to his son Charles I
- the Mercurius Civicus Londons Intelligencer, the first major city newspaper ever produced
- early editions of literary masterpieces, including Milton’s Paradise Lost and Cervantes’ Don Quixote
- a special display to mark the 50th anniversary of the Print Council of Australia
- a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice, including the Library’s recently acquired first editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1872)