Shortlist No.9

We are pleased to present for your browsing pleasure our Shortlist No.9. Themed ‘Alice’, this shortlist is comprised of some of the Alice in Wonderland material we recently acquired as part of Christopher Smith’s collection. For those who don’t know the name, Christopher Smith (1953 – 2016) was a NIDA trained theatre designer who worked […]


Melbourne RARE BOOK FAIR 2016

This year marked the 44th ANZAAB Rare Book Fair and the 1st for Archives Fine Books. We sold some books, we bought some books, we made some rookie mistakes, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Engaging with the incredibly diverse book-and-printed-works-on-paper collecting community that gathers for this annual event was invigorating, educational and fun. My only […]


Melbourne Rare Book Fair

We are pleased to announce we will be attending the Melbourne Rare Book Fair this weekend. It’s our first appearance at this highlight of the Australian Antiquarian Bookseller Calendar, which takes place at the close of Melbourne Rare Book Week. Here is the link to the pdf catalogue of items we will be taking to […]

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Letter To Our Customers

Dear Archives Fine People, It is almost one year since I had the great good fortune to win one of two ANZAAB scholarships to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS), which is held each year in Colorado Springs. The year leading up to that trip, and the eleven months since, have been a period of […]

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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 […]