Melbourne Rare Book Week

Free admission to all events 

This year’s Melbourne Rare Book Week (MRBW) program was launched last night, at a cocktail party at Tonic House, Melbourne, hosted by Roy Morgan’s Gary Morgan and Michele Levine. The Hon. Heidi Victoria MP, Shadow Minister for Arts & Culture, Tourism & Major Events, and Consumer Affairs, officiated with great style and insight.

See the MRBW Program_2018.

As in previous years, partners will present events on a wide range of topics covering book-related themes. We are pleased that most of our previous partners have re-engaged with us for 2018, and we have gained three new partners.

Book Collectors’ Society of Australia (Vic.)
The C. J. La Trobe Society
Douglas Stewart Fine Books
Ephemera Society of Victoria
Genealogical Society of Victoria
Hince on Wine
The Law Library of Victoria
The Melbourne Athenaeum Library
Melbourne Cricket Club Library
Melbourne Law School
Melbourne Library Service
Monash Public Library Service
Monash University Library
Museums Victoria
National Gallery of Victoria
Old Treasury Building
Parliament of Victoria Library
Private Libraries Association
PMI Victorian History Library
Royal Historical Society of Victoria
RMIT Design Archives
Royal United Services Institute of Victoria
State Library Victoria
University of Melbourne Library

Together, they are presenting over 40 free events, including visits to libraries, exhibitions, curators’ floor talks, lectures, talks and panel discussions on

  • book collecting
  • artists’ books
  • the music of war
  • the mediaeval art of dying
  • Sappho of Lesbos and representations of women's sexuality
  • the Fanfrolico Press and its collectors
  • preservation of photographs and paper-based items
  • cook books
  • William Blake
  • rare book appraisals
  • theft from collecting institutions.

This year there is emphasis on the Gothic theme—marking some important gothic anniversaries, including the bicentenary of the first publication of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  • the 200th birthday of Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights.
  • exhibition Dark Imaginings at The University of Melbourne Library
  • talks and readings with evocative titles such as Vampires and Victorian eroticismThe Gothic novel,Ghastly Gothic Reads, and Dark Tales.

The program also includes a school holiday workshop for children—Pop-ups and paper mechanics, held at the State Library Victoria, and an opportunity to Make your own rare Life Book under the guidance of library staff at the Mount Waverley Library.

Rare Book Week culminates in the Melbourne Rare Book Fair at Wilson Hall, where 32 leading booksellers from Australia, USA, UK and Japan will offer for sale rare and collectible books, maps, photographs and manuscript material,catering to all who genuinely love print on paper and who share a passion for books.


Event starts
Friday 29 June, 2018
Event Ends
Sunday 8 July, 2018
Various venues
Venue Address
Various venues

Victoria, Melbourne

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