Over the last few months we have been looking at the oldest books in the Curtin Library collection to find those that are rare, unusual or somehow noteworthy. This copy of The Countesse of Pembroke’s Arcadia is the oldest English language … Continue reading 41. The Countesse of Pembroke’s Arcadia, 1633.
The Curtin Library holds a number of children’s gift books, keepsakes and annuals published from 1850 to the early 1900s. Object #38 Aunt Louisa’s Keepsake was published in 1868 and is one of the most illustrated. We’ve chosen to highlight the … Continue reading 38. Holiday reading – Aunt Louisa’s Keepsake, 1868.
When Domestic medicine: or, a treatise on the prevention and cure of diseases by regimen and simple medicines; with an appendix, containing a dispensatory for the … Continue reading 28. Domestic medicine, 1779.
The Story of Karrawingi the Emu, 1946 Book of the Year In 1946 the Children’s Book Council of Australia established annual book awards to promote children’s … Continue reading 27. The Story of Karrawingi the Emu, 1946.
Curtin University Library holds an interesting collection of geological, geophysical and topographic maps covering areas of Western Australia and other Australian states and territories, as well … Continue reading 16. Geological sketch map of Western Australia 1894.
The journal of Captain James Cook’s first voyage around the world is one of the treasures of the National Library of Australia. It records the journey that took more than three … Continue reading 14. Captain Cook’s journal of his first voyage around the world, a literal transcription of the original manuscript.
We’ve been searching the stacks shelves, looking in boxes, and checking the catalogue to find items that may have been lying unnoticed for some time. This … Continue reading 11. Le Deche di T. Livio Padovano delle historie romane.
Small, but perfectly formed, this miniature copy of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is the smallest book in the Curtin Library collections. Measuring 51mm x 36mm, and … Continue reading 10. The Miniature Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.