Beautiful books in both cities

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by Leonie
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20 December 2010
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This post comes from Leonie Cash, librarian at the Museum Victoria library.

Finally, something Sydney and Melbourne agree upon! Both Museum Victoria and the Australian Museum were avid collectors of books in the mid-19th century.

Gould's Birds of Australia Gould's Birds of Australia in the MV Library Rare Books Collection.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Matthew Stephens, reference librarian at the beautiful Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection at the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, recently spent time examining MV's archives and rare books. As part of his PhD research on the growth of book collecting from 1850 to the late 1880s. Matthew was keen to compare his findings from the Australian Museum with evidence of the early book collections at Museum Victoria. His research here confirmed the richness of the scientific book collections nurtured in Sydney and Melbourne at that time.

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MV News: Biodiversity Heritage Library

MV News: Library Week rare book viewing

Rare books at the Australian Museum

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JessB 22 December, 2010 16:26
What a great topic to research! I can personally vouch for the amazing collection of Rare Books at the Melbourne Museum, which I get to see for an hour every Monday with Leonie, Sarah, Afsana and Hannah. We're up to the bird books at the moment, and it is amazing to be looking at books that were created in the 1800s, where the colour is still so vivid in the illustrations.
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