Libri: six centuries of Italian books from the Baillieu Library’s Special Collections
The exhibition will showcase books by or about Italians and Italy throughout time, highlighting the University Library Special Collections exciting new purchase of Aldus Manutius’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, printed in Venice in 1499. It is an important early printed work containing 170 exquisite woodcuts. A fourteenth century musical manuscript will be shown and books focusing on important figures or movements, such as Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Vasari, Palladio and futurism will be included, up to modern day books by Italians now living in Australia.
This is also in conjunction with Rare Book Week, Thursday July 18 to 28th which culminates in the Antiquarian Book Fair in Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne. The theme for Rare Book Week is ‘A passion for books’ which fits the Italian theme!
Leigh Scott Gallery, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne
17 June to 15 September 2013
Symposium 24 July 2013
Venice : Aldus Manutius, 1499