The exhibition was held in the Rare Books Exhibition space, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Monash University from 25 February - 28 May 1993. Research into the history of the book is conducted at Monash in the Graduate School of Librarianship, in the Centre for Bibliographical and Textual Studies, and in the English Department. The Rare Book Collection plays an important role in such research. This exhibition is intended to give some idea of the characteristics of typical books from the beginning of printing to the present. The examples are usually taken from the lower end of the market. There are no illuminated manuscripts, no Gutenberg Bibles or Shakespeare first folios, no first editions of Doctor Johnson's Dictionary or of the Lyrical Ballads, and no Kelmscott Chaucers. Nevertheless, we have examples of books from all these periods; ordinary books which are perhaps more typical of those being produced at the time. An attempt has been made to avoid using books seen in recent Monash displays. Books which will be seen in forthcoming exhibitions of English Literature and of Australiana have also been excluded as much as possible. The Exhibition has been organised and the Catalogue written by Richard Overell, the Rare Books Librarian.
Overell, Richard and Overell, Richard (curator), “The History of the Book: an exhibition of Material from the Rare Book Collection Monash University Library, 25 February - 28 May 1993,” Monash Collections Online, accessed November 25, 2020, http://repository.erc.monash.edu/items/show/13212