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Melbourne Rare Book Fair (part of Melbourne Rare Book Week)

decoration06 July 2018|08 July 2018

The Melbourne Rare Book Week is well established in the City of Melbourne’s event calendar. It is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and heritage. As part of Rare Book Week that runs from 29 June - 8 July 2018, the Melbourne Rare Book Fair will be held from 6 - 8  July  2018 at the University of Melbourne's historic Wilson Hall, with free admission to all visitors.

Leading Australian and international antiquarian booksellers will bring a rich and diverse array of books together that cater for all who genuinely love print on paper and who share a passion for books. Subjects including early printed books, maps, historical accounts of travel and exploration, prints, literature, art, militaria, children's books, and ephemera will be offered for sale at prices to suit all levels of collecting. Whether you already have your own personal library or would like to explore the world of book collecting, this is your opportunity to explore the world of books with experts in their fields.

Thirty-two exhibitors will feature millions of dollars worth of books, manuscripts, maps, prints and ephemera

From Adelaide: Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop; Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

From Albury: Books on Dean

From Baringhup: Littera Scripta

From Brisbane: Archives Fine Books; Harbeck Rare Books

From Canberra: Asia Bookroom

From Hobart: Astrolabe Booksellers

From London: Peter Harrington; Shapero Rare Books

From Melbourne: Ankh Antiquarian Books; Peter Arnold; Books for Cooks; Bradstreet’s Books; Kay Craddock – Antiquarian Bookseller; Grant’s Bookshop; Kenneth Hince Old & Fine Books; Andrew Isles; Sainsbury’s Books; Sebra Prints; Douglas Stewart Fine Books

From New York: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller Inc.; Ursus Rare Books

From San Francisco: John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller

From Sydney: The Antique Bookshop & Curios; Antique Print Map Room; Hordern House Rare Books; Louella Kerr Books; Josef Lebovic Gallery; Mark’s Book Barn; Somerset House Books

From Tokyo; Kagerou Bunko


Highlights include


  • Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Carceri D'Invenzione di G. Battista Piranesi Archit. Vene. [& other works], 1770–1753 – $371,470.00
  • Rembrandt, Der Zee-Vaert Lof By Elias Herckmans, 1634 – $30,393.00
  • Painting by Mr. Cust, of Sandridge Railway Jetty and Pier, Melbourne, Victoria 1858  – $148,000.00
  • Richard Weston, Utzon: Inspiration, Vision, Architecture, 2003 – $700.00


  • Alexander A. Shaw, A Catalogue of the Different Specimens of Cloth Collected in the three Voyages of Captain Cook, 1787 – $295,000.00
  • S. T. Gill, Victoria Illustrated, 1857 – $3,950.00
  • A concise history of the English Colony in New South Wales, 1805 – $24,000.00
  • T.G.H. Strehlow, Songs of Central Australia, 1971 – $5,000.00
  • John Webber, Views in the South Seas, the only colour-plate book relating to Cook’s Voyages – $75,000.00


  • Norman Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding, with an original illustration, 1918 – $10,000.00
  • The Cat in the Hat, by Dr Seuss, with an illustrated presentation inscription, 1963 – $5,000.00
  • A. A. Milne, deluxe first edition of The House at Pooh Corner, signed by both Milne and Ernest H. Shepherd– $4,200.00


  • Geoffrey Chaucer, The woorkes, newly printed, 1561 – $65,000.00
  • Charlotte Bronte (as Currer Bell), Jane Eyre, 1847 – $53,356.00
  • James Murdoch, Don Juan’s Grandson in Japan: with Notes for the Globe-Trotter’s Benefit – $3,250.00
  • William Blake, Poetical Sketches, 1783 – $337,700.00
  • William Blake, Illustrations of the Book of Job, 1825 – $62,500.00
  • Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. First edition – $700.00
  • Oscar Wilde, The picture of Dorian Gray, 1891, signed – $22,000.00


  • 13th century Justinian Civil Law glossed manuscript fragment – $1,850.00
  • French Books of Hours illuminated leaf c.1480 – $625.00
  • Book of Hours (Use of Rouen), circa 1490-1510 – $165,000.00


  • The Victorious Eleven [Australian Cricket Team], 1921,Colour process screenprint – $1,350.00
  • Adam Stephan photograph of Centennial International exhibition Melbourne 1888 – $450.00
  • Japanese 19th century world map – $3,500.00
  • John Arrowsmith, Map of Van Dieman’s Land, 1837 – $1,250.00
  • John Kauffmann photograph, The Grey Veil [over Melbourne], circa 1910 – $6,500.00


  • W. P. Bolger & J. P. Littlewood, The Fiery Phoenix: the story of the 2/7th Infantry Battalion 1939-1946, 1983 – $850.00
  • C. E. W. Bean, Letters from France, 1917, with an ‘In Memoriam’ inscription – $150.00


  • Henry Pemberton, A View of Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophy, 1728 – $1,295.00
  • The Horse-Hoing Husbandry, 1733 – $4,000.00
  • H. E. Dresser’s monograph of the Meropidae, or family of the Bee-eaters, 1884-86 – $25,000.00
  • Adam Smith, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776 – $263,406.00
  • Nicolaus Copernicus, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, 1543 – $2,000,000.00
  • Galileo Galilei, Discorso delle Comete di Mario Guiducci fatto da lui nell’Accademia Fiorentina nel suo medesimo consolato, 1619 – $40,000.00


  • Edith Peer, Fantasy Cooking Behind Barbed Wire – $150.00
  • Dinner menu ‘Mel Torme at the Embers’ November 1960, signed – $175.00
  • Booklet of The Bronze Memorials produced by Wunderlich – $150.00


06 July 2018|08 July 2018
The University of Melbourne
The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers
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