This year sees the seventh Melbourne Rare Book Week (MRBW) and the 46th Australian Antiquarian Book Fair, presented by the Australian Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) and Rare Books Melbourne (RBM).
The success of MRBW over the past six years has been clearly demonstrated by the attendance at events by about two thousand visitors and by another two to three thousand at the Rare Book Fair. There are many reasons for MRBW's success. These include the interesting and entertaining lectures, presentations and exhibitions staged by a large number of enthusiastic MRBW partners, which have drawn international attention with similar Rare Book Week events now being delivered in many other international settings. Success does not come easily and events such as MRBW do not just happen. It is important, therefore, to recognise the enormous efforts of Kay Craddock and her team in organising the annual MRBW. The amount of time that she and others have contributed will never be known by most of us. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Kay and also to Professor Chris Browne (Program Director) and Craig Wright (Programming and IT).
This year's program is presented by both regular and new MRBW partners. It includes a wide variety of interesting topics on book-related themes, and entry to all events is free of charge. There is something for all interests and taste. So, once again we welcome bibliophiles, established collectors and those new to book collecting.
MRBW does not come without cost. Donations (tax deductible) to assist us with the ongoing staging of this now internationally recognised Melbourne event would be gratefully received by the Treasurer, Jonathan Burdon.
Jonathan Burdon AM (President ANZAAB) and Michael O'Brien CSC (President RBM)
29 June to 8 July
Friday 6 July to Sunday 8 July
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