Rare Books


Current Exhibition

The Ideal Book: English Arts & Crafts Bookbinding

binding from guild of women bindersGround floor, Baillieu Library to Wednesday 10 February 2016
The Ideal Book: English Arts & Crafts Bookbinding showcases fine bindings produced by the Guild of Women Binders. The Arts and Crafts movement was began in Britain around 1880 and was associated with William Morris (1834–1896), poet and designer, with the intention of reviving hand crafted design, focusing on the decorative arts. The Guild of Women Binders was founded in 1898 by Frank Karslake, a London bookseller. Bindings featured in the exhibition from the Baillieu Library Rare Books collection range from simple floral designs to elongated Art Nouveau forms. The exhibition also features a small number of bindings designed by Zaehnsdorf, Riviere & Son and T. J. Cobden-Sanderson.

Image: Walter Pater, cover design for Essays from ‘The Guardian’, 1897


reading adventures






Past Exhibitions

Online Exhibitions

Tea: The Global Infusion

Romance or Pulp Fiction? It's Your Choice

The Facsimile and the Manuscript

Art Bound: A Selection of Artists' Books

Sensational Tales: Australian Popular Publishing 1850s-1990s

To all the Little Masters and to all the Little Misses: The Morgan Collection of Children's Books

Aubrey Beardsley - A Tribute

FabricAsian - Celebrating an aspect of material culture for which Asian societies have long been renowned

Libri: six centuries of Italian books from the Baillieu Library’s Rare Books


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