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Liam Ferney: ‘Content’ Hunter Publications

In case you missed it, Liam Ferney launched his fourth poetry collection here at Archives Fine Books on Saturday afternoon. Being a second-hand bookstore we don’t tend to stock  new books, but we’re pleased to promote Liam, not least because he calls us ‘ratbag intellectuals’ (we’re easily flattered). Brett Dionysius, Acting Head of English and […]


Our First Book Fair

Saturday April 23 was World Book Day and ILAB celebrated by hosting a mexican wave of one day ‘pop-up’ fairs around the globe. Here in Australia the first fair opened in Sydney in the Gallery Room of the State Library of New South Wales at 11am (EST). We were there, not only to celebrate the […]



We’re so delighted to be processing some terrific early Queensland history and memoir we’ve dedicated our March shortlist to featuring some of it. We hope you enjoying browsing as much as we have enjoyed cataloguing. Shortlist 7 Queensland

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Archives Christmas Catalogue

As I sit down to write a gentleman walks past the counter and says, “It’s a great place you’ve got here!” He’d be at least the third to make a complementary comment this morning and it’s not even lunchtime! We really delight in the appreciation of book-lovers and with so many compliments we experience a […]


Short list No.1.

Welcome to our first short list! We’re planning to generate these lists at least once a month for your browsing and collecting pleasure. Short lists will feature ten items on a related theme, usually books or ephemera that are not featured on our website or in our print catalogues, but that we think are worth […]

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Melbourne Rare Book Fair

The Melbourne Rare Book Fair is clearly a peak event – if not THE peak event – in the antipodean book collector’s calendar. Coming at the the end of Rare Book Week, which is devoted to free events that celebrate all things bookish, the Fair welcomes experienced and beginning collectors alike, with prices ranging from single […]


Archives Fine Books in 2015

After a dramatic end to 2014 with the late November super-storm wreaking havoc inside our building, we are happy to announce and calm and positive start to 2015. Late January is always a slightly quieter time for us,  so we take advantage of the pause to appraise you of our plans and aspirations for the […]