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Celebrate the Love of Books with Melbourne Rare Book Week: June 30 – July 9, 2017


If you love reading, book collecting and learning about all things literary, then you won’t want to miss Melbourne Rare Book Week. The event, taking place between June 30 and July 9 is organized and presented by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB).

What began as a partnership between ANZAAB, the University of Melbourne and eight other literary institutions in 2012 has grown dramatically in size and reputation over the past five years: Melbourne Rare Book Week is now a major local, national and international attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and literary heritage.

In 2017, over 60 free events will be held at libraries, literary and historical societies and bookshops throughout Melbourne. Lectures, tours, panel discussions and more will give visitors an in-depth look at popular writers, cultural figures and fascinating topics in literary history.

The events will culminate in the 45th annual Melbourne Rare Book Fair (also known as the Australian Antiquarian Book Fair), taking place July 7-9 in the Wilson Hall at the University of Melbourne. Leading rare book dealers from Australia, Japan, the UK and the USA will offer a rich and diverse array of rare and collectible books, maps, photographs and manuscript materials, at prices to suit all levels of collecting.

AbeBooks sellers to exhibit their products at Melbourne Rare Book Fair include Kay Craddock – Antiquarian BooksellerBooks on Dean, Asia BookroomBerkelouw Books, Astrolabe Booksellers, Jonathan A. Hill, Peter Harrington and  Kagerou Bunko. Plus, look for the AbeBooks ad in this year’s program!

All events at Melbourne Rare Book Week are free, but most require advance bookings. Visit the online schedule to view event descriptions and sign up for some incredible opportunities. Happy reading!

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