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For the Love of Books: Collectors and Collecting

For the Love of Books: Collectors and Collecting

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  • Mon 3 Jun, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 4 Jun, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 5 Jun, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 6 Jun, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 7 Jun, 8:30am – 5:00pm
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University of Otago Library, 65 Albany St, Dunedin


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

For the Love of Books: Collectors and Collections is an exhibition that offers a very selective overview of all the types of materials within Special Collections.

It also highlights the type of books amassed by collectors such as Willi Fels, Esmond de Beer, Charles Brasch, and the Rev. William Arderne Shoults, as well as those discrete collections such as the Scientific Expedition Reports, and the Pulp Fiction Collection.

In essence, the exhibition is a taster. A brief but illuminating glimpse into what makes up Special Collections. And in 2019, on the sesquicentennial (150 years) celebrations of the establishment of the University of Otago, it is not only fitting to acknowledge the generosity of both past and recent benefactors to Special Collections, but also the willingness of the University Library to fund and thus enable slow growth by purchase.

Importantly, we encourage use, and it is pleasing to acknowledge that the different collections that form Special Collections are used regularly by students and staff of the University, by national and international scholars, and by individuals from the wider community.

Special Collections is a treasure trove, and the books and manuscripts on display highlight just some of the delights that are in Special Collections. There are some real strengths; other works tantalise. Collectors and collections represented include the John Evelyn and John Locke Collections amassed by Esmond de Beer; the Italian books collected by Willi Fels; the Charles Brasch Collection of some 7,200 books; the ecclesiastical books owned by the Rev.William Arderne Shoults; the James Hogg Collection from the Gilkison family; the Truby King ‘Melrose’ Library; Professor Fastier’s Science Fiction, and Hal Salive’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Collections. And much, much more. Please enjoy.

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