Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas

Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas

Discover stunning artwork alongside powerful words in this visual feast for book-lovers.

Recent acquisitions and new stories are featured each year in this special exhibition, revealing different aspects of the Library’s Rare Books collection, and showcasing rare and significant works that trace the history of book design from medieval manuscripts to comics.

From 7 October 2016, the exhibition features 281 new items on display, dating from 2050 BC to the present day. Highlights include:

Prince Rupert and his pet poodle, Boy
This selection from the Emmerson collection focuses on the dashing Prince Rupert of Bohemia (Charles I’s nephew) and his pet poodle, Boy. Prince Rupert was a native of Bohemia who went to England to support his uncle in 1642 – the year that longstanding clashes between Charles I and his parliament erupted into what became the English Civil War. Rupert won several key battles for Charles, drawing admiration from the Royalists while raising the ire of Parliamentarians. This display includes:

Melbourne pamphlets about Rupert’s poodle Boy written by both the Royalists and the Parliamentarians. These satirical pamphlets reached a comic highpoint in A Dialogue, or, Rather a Parley Betweene Prince Ruperts Dogge Whose Name Is Puddle and Tobies Dog Whose Name Is Pepper, in which Boy and the Parliament’s dog Pepper argue about the politics of their masters.
Melbourne A copy of Cicero’s De officiis owned by Prince Rupert and bearing his signature
Melbourne a letter from Charles I to his nephew, written in the king’s own hand.

Japanese kimono designs
This display explores the art and culture of Japanese fashion through 19th-century woodblock-printed Japanese books from our collection, with a special focus on textile and kimono pattern books.

'Discovering' Egypt
This display focuses on the 'discovery' of Egypt by Western Europeans in the 19th century.

After periods of Greek and Roman rule (which introduced Christianity to Egypt), Arabic Muslim forces conquered Egypt in 639AD. During the medieval and early modern period, Islamic dynasties ruled the region and contact with Europe was almost non-existent. The Ottomon Empire reigned in Egypt from 1532 to 1867, with a brief interruption by Emperor Napoleon I of France between 1798 and 1801. In those three short years, Europe 'discovered' the cultural and natural world of Egypt and prompted a new field of scholarship: Egyptology.

This display includes many never-before-exhibited items from our collection, including:

Melbourne books by Athanasius Kircher, the 17th-century Jesuit priest and polymath who was the first to attempt to decode Egyptian hieroglyphs
Melbourne books on the 19th-century race between England and France to decode the hieroglyphs, with Frenchman Jean-Francois Champollion triumphing over Englishman Thomas Young after Napoleon’s forces discovered the Rosetta Stone
Melbourne photography of Egypt in the 19th century by Francis Frith and Maxime du Camp.

Opening hours
This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm daily.


When & Where


Happens: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday


Time: 10am-5pm


 State Library of Victoria [Show]

 328 Swanston Street  Melbourne Victoria 3000 | Map Link opens in a new window
 Telephone: Event: 03 8664 7099 | Venue: +61 3 8664 7000

Link opens in a new window Venue Calendar: View 11 Events


Melbourne Link Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas Link opens in new browser window

Opens in New Window www.slv.vic.gov.au Link opens in new browser window

Event Details


Link opens new page Disclaimer: Advertising details can change at any time. Check with the advertiser (contact information above) before proceeding.




226  LOVE IT    Click to LIKE


Link opens new page Share > Print This Page | Tell A Friend

Link opens new page Advertising > Edit Content | Upgrade Advertising

Link opens new page Site > Mobile Friendly Page | View Category | Melbourne

Exhibitions | Expo | LaunchLink opens new page Tags > State Library Victoria  ,   Mirror of the world  ,   exhibition  ,   books  ,   history  ,   literature  ,   art

UPDATE


Stay Tuned In Melbourne | Free Newsletter


Receive the latest events and what's on straight to your inbox every Tuesday.

Simply type your email address in the box below to start receiving the weekly newsletter.

Email Address*


* Requires confirmation: Read FAQ | Read This Week's Newsletter




Readers Interest


View Event: Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017
Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017
Tesselaar Tulip Festival 14th September until 10th October, 2017 Tulips down under … There is plenty of fun in store at the 63rd annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival. | Read On..

View Event: Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017
Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017
2017 MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL: 14 Sept – 1 Oct The Melbourne Fringe Festival is Victoria's most vibrant independent arts showcase, developing, championing and | Read On..



Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Instagram
See Events in September >
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30


Featured
BABBA - Australian Tour
View BABBA - Australian Tour
BABBA - Australia's Premier ABBA Show Friday, November 10 Club Italia Sporting Club Inc 128 - | Read On..


Elvis ~ A Mega Star
View Elvis ~ A Mega Star
Live Show @ Club Italia (Sunshine/St Albans) Marcus Elvis Jackson Multi Award Winner | Read On..


Dancing In The Street – A Tribute to Motown
View Dancing In The Street – A Tribute to Motown
The Satellite Lounge is excited to host the debut ‘performance of Dancing in the Street - a Tribute | Read On..


Melbourne Dentistry
View Melbourne Dentistry
Melbourne Dentistry is a general dental practice located on Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD | Read On..


Variety | Great Grand Final Luncheon
View Variety | Great Grand Final Luncheon
Join AFL players past and present at the home of the Brownlow, the Palladium at Crown. Enjoy a | Read On..


Oktoberfest at Southgate
View Oktoberfest at Southgate
Hophaus brings Munich to Melbourne for Oktoberfest 2017 or as we like to call it – Hoptoberfest - | Read On..


The Malt District Cremorne Tour
View The Malt District Cremorne Tour
The Malt District Cremorne Tour by Culture Scouts has been specially curated to highlight | Read On..


Marley Spoon | Recipe & Food Boxes
View Marley Spoon | Recipe & Food Boxes
Marley Spoon sends tasty recipes and fresh ingredients directly to your door, making it easy to | Read On..


Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
View Melbourne's Exclusive Magic Show
Witness Impossible Occurrences, one of Melbourne's most exclusive attractions. Award winning | Read On..


Greek Tavern Night | Saturday Nights
View Greek Tavern Night | Saturday Nights
Melbourne's best traditional GREEK night with live music, entertainment, dancing and Mediterranean | Read On..


Check Out
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
View Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is the time to honour children with cancer and the community that supports them. Events and fundraisers are held throughout the entire | Read On..

Mel's Pick
Name A Metro Rail Station
View Name A Metro Rail Station
VICTORIANS HAVE A ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THEIR MARK ON MELBOURNE BY NAMING THE | Read On..

Marley Spoon | Recipe & Food Boxes
View Marley Spoon | Recipe & Food Boxes
Marley Spoon sends tasty recipes and fresh ingredients directly to your door, making it easy to | Read On..

Trending