2004

Coloured cloth bindings
Russell, Henry Chamberlain, 1836-1907. Observations on the transit of Venus, 9 December 1874 : made at stations in New South Wales / ... under the direction of H.C. Russell, Government Astronomer. (Sydney : Government Printer, 1892)

Coloured cloth bindings

14 October 2004 - 28 February 2005

The publishers of the nineteenth century produced many beautiful books. Often their beauty lies in the designs and colours of the cloth bindings. Examples in this exhibition were drawn from the fields of literature and romance, children’s books, scientific works, travel accounts and Australiana and included some striking examples of coloured cloth bindings produced in Australia (e.g. The Transit of Venus featured above). Also on displayed was one of the earliest surviving dust-wrappers, from 1860. It was the rise of the dust-wrapper in the years after World War I that saw the decline of the coloured cloth binding.

Music at Monash
Cristabel (composer, editor and arranger), "Cole's Music of the Bells". (Melbourne: E W. Cole, c.1898.).

Music at Monash

11 July 2004 - 30 September 2004

'Music at Monash' is a celebration of the diversity and scope of the Monash University Library music collections and the Monash Music Archives in the School of Music-Conservatorium. The items in the exhibition have been selected expressly to indicate not only the Australian materials in the collections, but also the fascinating ethnomusicological materials in the Archives from many countries, including South East Asia and India.

Portraits
The poet's mistress (a hand-coloured engraving) from Charles Sorel's, "The extravagant shepherd, or, The history of the shepherd Lysis : an anti-romance" (1654).

Portraits

29th April - 30 June 2004

Over 100 curious and quirky portraits, including everything from a 17th century engraving of King Charles 1, to Michael Jackson’s now-infamous mugshot, were exhibited in a special exhibition of material from the Monash University Library Rare Books Collection.