Melbourne Rare Book Week & Melbourne Rare Book Fair in July

Book with Hearts

Red Head ReadingLiteracy is both socially and culturally constructed and, in Australia today, in a state of constant change. The climax of Melbourne Rare Book Week, to be held Friday 5 July to Sunday 14 July in 2019. will be the Melbourne Rare Book Fair.

creative E-learning Concept Book and Laptop 3d renderTo be presented in the Wilson Hall, The University of Melbourne, Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July 2019. Admission to Melbourne Rare Book Fair is free.

Book with HeartsMembers of ANZAAB, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers will showcase a treasure trove of books, including rare and first editions, wondrous maps and prints, photographs and posters.

As always it will be first in best dressed.

Books 3More than 10,000 items ranging in price from twenty dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars are on sale. You can encounter great ideas, great issues, the classics, the popular, the instructive and/or the entertaining.

Great Rare BooksCollecting great books of literary merit is all about respect not only for the written word, but for the author’s intent.

The emphasis is on learning about the world around us a little better, as we expand our knowledge of what it means to be a frail human being.

Books 8“The fair is a showcase for the world of book collecting,” said MRBF director Peter Arnold, “attracting leading dealers from across Australia and overseas,” he said.

The specialist book dealers involved in this show are an impressive lot.

19th century French 12 door library bookcase, with 4 turned and carved finials, 6 arched glazed doors over 6 carved and panelled doors, all resting on bun feet c. 1880 courtesy Valentine's Antique Gallery (VIC)

19th century French 12 door library bookcase, with 4 turned and carved finials, 6 arched glazed doors over 6 carved and panelled doors, all resting on bun feet c. 1880 courtesy Valentine’s Antique Gallery (VIC)

Some have gathered enormous experience over a good length of time and have a complete passion for their product.

The Peter Pan Picture Book by Alice B Woodward and Daniel O'Connor London George Bell & Sons 1907 250 copies printed on handmade paper with plates mounted illustrations by Alice Woodward 1907 Limited Edition - Private Collection

The Peter Pan Picture Book by Alice B Woodward and Daniel O’Connor London George Bell & Sons 1907 250 copies printed on handmade paper with plates mounted illustrations by Alice Woodward 1907 Limited Edition – Private Collection

This means if you seek to engage them in conversation you will also gain access to a considerable wealth of knowledge to help expand your own.

If you are wanting to make a start on forming your own collection this show will also prove to be a great beginning.

The outstanding displays provided will help you to hone your eye for detail.

Book-Reading-CupidThere are many presentations throughout the show, including lectures, readings, tours and other print on paper related events to be held in various venues across the city of Melbourne. Each of these will help you expand your knowledge.

All are free for you and your loved ones to attend, although you will have to reserve your seats because they will be in high demand.

Composing great book lists was an activity that took place prior to each Easter and Christmas every year in our household where for my family a book was much better than chocolate; although we would all agree it does make a good accompaniment.

Young people learn through their physical, social and cultural environments.

A great deal of wisdom resides in the literature of western culture.

President Obama Reads

Former US President Obama reading to children

Literacy is the ability to speak, listen, read and use written information, as well as to write and draw. It is vitally critical to a child’s success in life.

When adults read to children they help build their vocabulary, their memory, their language and general knowledge skills.

They also develop their imagination as they gather information about the world around them.

Listening to stories from the first months of life helps children understand books are filled with delights, facts, fun and food for thought.

If their experience is shared, they will be all the happier.

open book on red grungy background,While scientists do not dispute genetics help determine academic success what has become clear and unarguable from their research is the important role of early language experiences and environment on later school achievement.

Books are indeed, our friends.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2019

Melbourne Rare Book Week,

5 July – 14 July

Melbourne Rare Book Fair.

12 July – 14 July 2019

Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne,

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