2020 sees the ninth Melbourne Rare Book Week (MRBW) and the 49th Australian Antiquarian Book Fair, presented by the Australian Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB)
and Rare Books Melbourne (RBM).
The program will be presented by both regular and new MRBW partners. It will include a wide variety of interesting topics on book-related themes, and entry to all events is free of charge. There will be something for all interests and taste. 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.
Douglas Stewart (President ANZAAB) and Michael O'Brien CSC (President RBM)
Thursday 2 July
Sunday 12 July
Thursday 9 July
Sunday 12 July
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Melbourne Rare Book Week (MRBW) was founded and co-convened in 2012 by Kay
Craddock and Jonathan Burdon, two leading Melbourne book dealers. Since that time,
it has been built up to a scale of 40 - 50 free book-related events, held during one
extended week in July, as a lead-in to the annual Melbourne Rare Book Fair.
Following the lead of Melbourne Rare Book Week, similar “Rare Book Weeks” are now held annually in London, New York, California and Boston, featuring book fairs, auctions, exhibitions, and other events.
At MRBW, we aim to reach a broad range of book lovers of all ages and backgrounds from the beginning reader to the avid collector of rare and interesting printed material. It is a major event for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and literary heritage, and attracts local, interstate and international visitors to the City of Melbourne to celebrate and enjoy all aspects of print on paper.
Melbourne Rare Book Week is now run by Rare Books Melbourne Inc., a not-for-profit association, incorporated in the State of Victoria. Since 2017, Chris Browne has been Program Director for Melbourne Rare Book Week, and he succeeded Kay and Jonathan as convener in 2019.
All events associated with MRBW, including the annual Melbourne Rare Book Fair, are free entry to the public.