The Catalogue of the Melbourne Public Library for 1861
Melbourne Public Library. 1861, First Edition. Softcover. Complete. A resolute copy. A most interesting copy. The frontispage is floridly signed by Redmond Barry who, as a judge sentenced Ned Kelly to death and was one of the judges to sit on the Eureka Stockade treason trials. Barry almost single-handedly fought for and ensured the establishment of the Melbourne Public Library (among his many other philanthropic works (Melbourne Hospital for example)). Indeed, such was his personal involvement that he shelved many of the books on the library's shelves before its opening! During the late 1870s he went on a tour of Europe. This copy has been pleasingly inscribed: "Presented to the Royal Society of Engineers The Hague by the Trustees of the Public Library of Victoria - January 1879." The catalogue was printed as a show of confidence and pride. It was beautifully designed by Edward La Trobe Bateman : each page has double borders, each section heading and end have floral engraved-designs, for example. This copy is much worn to the covers and edges. The covers are not only worn, but also tanned, scuffed, marked by handling and storage. The string binding is not exactly healthy. However, the contents are certain. The contents are most placid. They have some light age-dusting. Some pages are uncut. There are some very shallow, small handling and age marks. Otherwise, the contents are clean, clear, proud, attractive, tidy, confident, companionable. fk. Our orders are shipped using tracked courier delivery services. Good/No Jacket.
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