1998

French Theatre
Jean-Paul Sartre's play, "Les mains sales : piece en sept tableaux", was published in 1948.

French Theatre

7 October 1998 - 26 February 1999

Ideally, a theatre exhibition should go well beyond the texts of plays themselves. The buildings in which performances took place, the sort of staging provided, the reactions of spectators, the careers of famous actors -  these are all essential in providing the context of the French theatrical tradition.

This sample of what the Rare Books Collection has to offers  may give you a taste of  French theatre .

From the sands of the Sahara

From the sands of the Sahara

30 July - 2 October 1998

Photographs from Monash excavations at the site of Ismant el-Kharab, ancient Kellis, in Egypt's Dakhleh oasis were the basis of this exhibition.

Items discovered on the site include almost perfectly preserved wooden books (codices), remnants of ancient texts written on papyrus and parchment, and fragments of pottery vessels, known as potsherds.

Material from the Rare Books Collection supplemented the photographs.

The Occult

The Occult

30 July - 2 October 1998

This exhibition displayed material from the Rare Book Collection covering the fields of witchcraft, spiritualism, alchemy and mesmerism.