The Sturt Pea (detail), from Fanny De Mole, Wild Flowers of South Australia, Adelaide, 1861
Levels 4 & 5, Main entry, Swanston St
View rare, beautiful and historically significant books, from Audubon's magnificent Birds of America to 1950s pulp crime fiction and contemporary works of art and design.
Located in the galleries overlooking the magnificent La Trobe Reading Room, this exhibition celebrates the unique place of books in our hearts and minds.
Mirror of the world: books and ideas provides an overview of the history of book production, design and illustration, with a display of fine examples from the Library's collections dating from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The exhibition's title is taken from William Caxton's Myrrour of the worlde (1490), one of the first illustrated books published in England.
This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm daily.