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Rare books

About the collection

The rare book collection consists of over 25,000 volumes in the following categories:

  • early Australian imprints
  • early overseas imprints
  • limited editions
  • association copies
  • fine printings or bindings
  • significant first editions
  • and other items that are known to be rare or valuable.

Find this collection

Rare books and folios held in this collection have the prefixes:


This collection may be used in the reading room of the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library.

Collection highlights

The material in this collection provides a resource for research in:

  • Australian history
  • Victorian history
  • 19th century Australian and overseas architecture
  • 19th century travel
  • missionaries of the Pacific
  • Papua New Guinea historical research
  • women in the home
  • nutrition and domestic literature
  • natural history

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