Rare Books Summer School 2014

Monday 10 February 2014, 9:00am - Friday 14 February 2014, 5:00pm
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Applications close Monday 13 January 2014

Immerse yourself in the world of rare books at the 9th Australian and New Zealand Rare Books Summer School. Two courses will be presented:

From book to building: architecture and design from the Renaissance to the 20th century

Drawing on the State Library’s rich collection of architecture and design publications from the 16th to the early 20th century, this course will introduce participants to Palladio’s treatise I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura (The four books of architecture, 1570) - one of the most influential pattern books in European architectural history - and Owen Jones’s The grammar of ornament (1856), which similarly set the fashion for books on design reform. Explore how they influenced some of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings and their interiors.

Presented by Harriet Edquist, professor of Architectural History and Director of the RMIT Design Archives at RMIT University. She was curator of the exhibition Free, secular and democratic: building the Public Library 1853–1913 at the State Library of Victoria (2013–14).

The paper museum: opening up natural history illustration

From Robert Hooke’s humble flea, as seen through a compound microscope in 1665, to the ‘double elephant’ folios of John James Audubon, rare books provide intimate access to the great minds of science and art. The State Library’s collection encompasses scientific treatises, taxonomic monographs and lavish folios. The volumes reveal the story of exploration, colonisation and scientific advance, as well as shining light on the world’s biological diversity. This course will take participants through the history of scientific illustration, while focusing on particular classes of animal, geographic regions and printing techniques. 

Presented by John Kean, curator of the touring exhibition The art of science: remarkable natural history illustrations from Museum Victoria.

Please note that places are strictly limited, and applications are due by Monday 13 January 2014. The cost is $750 per course.