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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 […]


2014 Summer Brochure.

We are delighted to announce the publication of our inaugural Archives Fine Books Summer Brochure! Whether you are the experienced or novice collector, or simply looking for the perfect gift for the bibliophile in your family, we hope this publication will give you some enjoyment and some ideas. In this document we have chosen to […]


Archives Fine Musings #8

Our Oldest Book. In our last post we talked about the oldest book in the shop, a copy of Theocritus’ Idylla and Epigramma published in 1554. In fact, when when I wrote those words, our Theocritus was no longer our  oldest book, only we didn’t yet know it. Early in the year we bought a […]

Archives Fine Musings #7

Understanding Book Collecting Since launching this website in July last year our knowledge of old books has been growing at a rapid rate, as has our realisation of how much there is still to learn! I want to say an immediate and big ‘Thank You’ to Jörn Harbeck of Harbeck Rare Books for his generous […]


Archives Fine Musings #6

January 26 this year was an unabashed experiment for us – and we liked the results. We invited our friends, Ladyfinger and Mundy-Turner, to join us in presenting some ‘pop-up’ performances throughout the afternoon. Our aim was to  explore the performance potential of the space and to give voice to a few different literary, cultural and […]