Upcoming Events at Centre for the Book

2014 Annual World Book Day Lecture and Dinner

Mr. Robbie Burton, co-owner, Executive Director and Publisher of Craig Potton Publishing will give a public lecture on the evening of Thursday 6 March, followed by the Centre's annual dinner. Craig Potton Publishing is NZ's largest independent publisher, noted particularly for Craig's amazing photographic collections depicting NZ's native beauty, but also publishing many other titles, often with a strong NZ focus. Mr. Burton's talk will address the significance of the publisher's role in creating a nation's self-image and the future role for such publishers in the changing landscape of the book world. Venue and dinner arrangements will be confirmed in January 2014, but mark your calendars now.

Introduction to Descriptive Bibliography, 9:30–1:00 Monday 7 April

Shef Rogers will spend a morning providing an overview of the field of bibliography and introducing participants to key concepts, sources, and examples of good practice. Divided into four half-hour sessions with a break for morning tea, this class will cover terms of the profession, physical structures of books, imposition of printed sheets, how to interpret a collation formula, and how to recognise and place bindings. There is no fee for the class, though a donation for morning tea will be welcomed. Please indicate your wish to attend by completing this brief on-line registration form. The location for the class will be confirmed once we have a rough idea of numbers, but will be held somewhere on the central university campus, most likely in the main library.

'Rare Delights III'

The new exhibition at the de Beer Gallery, Special Collections, highlights acquisitions of rare books and manuscripts in the past few years.  Items on display include a first edition of Mungo Park's Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa (1799); a 1792 edition of Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man; Fanny Burney's Evelina (1784); a third edition of Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-eater (1823); a limited edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula (2008); a facsimile of William Blake's 'Satan, Sin, and Death: Satan Comes to the Gates of Hell' from Thirteen Watercolor Drawings by William Blake illustrating Paradise Lost by John Milton. (2004); a facsimile of Carl Gustav Jung's famed The Red Book (2009); and a wonderful selection of SF and Pulp titles like Thomas Blanchard Dewey's The Girl with the Sweet Plump Knees (1963), Brett Halliday's Murder is My Business (1945), and H. G. Wells's The Invisible Man (2004).

Venue: de Beer Galley, Special Collections, 1st floor, Central University Library

Hours: Monday to Friday - 8.30 am to 5.00 pm

For further enquiries please contact Dr Donald Kerr, Special Collections (Donald.kerr@otago.ac.nz).


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