Rare Books

Book Arts / Artists' Books

Rare Books holds around 350 artists’ books, the majority of which are Australian made with many created by Melbourne artists. The collection aims to demonstrate the history and development of artists’ books both within Australia and Internationally. Artists’ books are usually handmade and are published in small editions over which the artist maintains control over the production of the work. As such, they are varied in form and may include foldouts, be unbound sheets presented in a box, scrolls or traditionally bound. As part of this collection, in some cases, Rare Books has also received the working archives of the artists in the creation of these books.


Access and Availability

The Artists Books Collection is fully catalogued online. Material may be accessed through the Cultural Collections Reading Room in the Baillieu Library. Requests for material can be made online prior to visiting the reading room. To request material, please use our online request form.


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