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The John Emmerson Collection at State Library Victoria

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

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Library expedition 4
Presenter: Richard Overell and Des Cowley

Nicholas Barker, editor of The book collector, described the late John Emmerson as ‘one of the great book collectors of our time’. In 2015, the John Emmerson collection, comprising over 5,000 early English books, with a particular emphasis on the English Civil War, was donated to State Library Victoria. This session will look at some of the highlights from the Emmerson Collection.

Richard Overell was until the end of 2014 the Rare Books Librarian at Monash University Library. He now works at State Library Victoria helping to catalogue the John Emmerson Collection.

Des Cowley is the History of the Book manager at State Library Victoria. He is co-curator of the Library’s permanent exhibition Mirror of the world: books and ideas and co-author of The world of the book (Melbourne University Press, 2007).

Presented as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week.

Image: King Charles his speech made upon the scaffold London, printed by Peter Cole, 1649


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 3: Shaped books: from die-cuts to laser production WEDNESDAY 5 JULY

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

328 Swanston St

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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