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Rare Books Exhibition

English Literature to 1800

This exhibition features material which forms the nucleus of the Monash University Library rare Books Collection. From 1961 when the University began, Monash Library has specialised in collecting seventeenth and eighteenth century English literature, history and theology.

On display we see early editions of all the major writers from the period as well as many minor authors. From two editions of Chaucer dating from 1602 to a beautiful copy of the first Blake illustrated edition of  The Grave, by Robert Blair (London, 1808) viewers of the exhibition are treated to a detailed survey of the early centuries of classic English literature.

Monash University Library is well equipped to support serious research in this area.

The works of Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400.
The works of Geoffrey Chaucer : compared with the former editions, and many valuable MSS ... / by John Urry. (London : printed for Bernard Lintot, 1721)

Click here to view a selection of items from the exhibition
You may also read the text of the catalogue online.

The exhibition will run from 1st August to 2 December 2002

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>> Exhibition catalogues are available, free of charge, from the Rare Books information desk

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