Catalogues | July 7, 2020

Australian Rare Booksellers Unite to Publish First Joint Catalogue

Courtesy of ANZAAB

Photograph from a rare album of local Australian/New Zealander history, ca. 1880s.

Australia — For the first time in its 43-year history, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) have united to publish a joint catalogue containing nearly $1,000,000 of rare books, manuscripts and artworks for sale.

Usually in July, the rare bookshops and their customers would gather together at the University of Melbourne to celebrate their love of books at the Melbourne Rare Book Fair. Due to the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19, this cannot take place in 2020.

For the first time, the booksellers have united to publish their first joint catalogue online, to be launched on Thursday, 9 July at 10:00 a.m. on their website

This catalogue, a combined effort of 26 businesses located across Australia and even expatriates in New York, includes exceptional books, manuscripts and artworks, many being presented for sale for the first time.

Highlights include icons such as Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, rare art books by Gustave Klimt, Andy Warhol, and William Blake, first editions by George Orwell, Patti Smith, and A. A. Milne, as well as a diverse range of antiquarian material from across the globe.

The earliest book is Secundus Liber Do Spiritus intelligentie onicus subtilis. (Duns Scotus' Sentences), published in 1513. Known as a scholastic metaphysics text, the “subtle doctor” was highly regarded in the Medieval world.

While so much has changed due to coronavirus the booksellers and their customers remain passionate about collecting and have adapted well to sharing their passion online.

Amor librorum nos unit -- the love of books unites us

For any queries please contact :
Douglas Stewart, ANZAAB President
+613 90660200