The exhibition was held in the Rare Books Exhibition space, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Monash University from 14 October 2004 - 28 February 2005 Opening address given by Dr. Alan Dilnot, School of Literary, Visual and Performance Studies. The publishers of the nineteenth century produced many beautiful books. Often their beauty lies in the designs and colours of the cloth bindings. Examples in this exhibition were drawn from the fields of literature and romance, children’s books, scientific works, travel accounts and Australiana and included some striking examples of coloured cloth bindings produced in Australia. Also on display was one of the earliest surviving dust-wrappers, from 1860. It was the rise of the dust-wrapper in the years after World War I that saw the decline of the coloured cloth binding.
Overell, Richard and Overell, Richard (curator), “Coloured cloth bindings: highlights from the Monash University music collections 14 October 2004 - 28 February 2005,” Monash Collections Online, accessed November 25, 2020, http://repository.erc.monash.edu/items/show/13326