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Shaped books: from die-cuts to laser production

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State Library of Victoria, McArthur Gallery (meet in front foyer)

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Library expedition 3
Presenter: Dr Juliet O’Conor

A fascinating variation to the production of toy and moveable books was developed at the end of the 19th century when children’s book publishers cut the cover of illustrated books into the outline of a scene or character. Dr Juliet O’Conor, State Library Victoria’s Children’s Research Librarian, will show a selection of shaped children’s books, from early die-cuts to contemporary laser-cut productions. Each designed to catch the imagination of readers and encourage participation with those books.

Juliet O’Conor is the Children’s Research Librarian at State Library Victoria. She has specialised in narrative analysis and literary history in her publications, including Bottersnikes and other lost things (2009) and the forthcoming book of her thesis on Indigenous Australian children’s books.

Presented as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week.

Image: Kookaburra (the laughing jackass) and the black snake, Jonaski Takuma, Geo Robertson & Co, Melbourne, 1897


Book another Library expedition:

Library expedition 1: The Banks’ florilegium and some of its relatives MONDAY 3 JULY

Library expedition 2: From manuscript to print: books in transition in the 15th century TUESDAY 4 JULY

Library expedition 4: The John Emmerson Collection at State Library Victoria THURSDAY 6 JULY

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