State Library of South Australia

Papyrus, parchment and paper: from the Rare Books Collection of the State Library

Date: 21 June 2018 to 19 August 2018

Location: Treasures Wall

Note: Open during Library hours

Papyrus parchment and paper from the Rare Books of the State Library
Papyrus, parchment and paper: from the Rare Books of the State Library

The State Library's Rare Books Collection is a treasure trove of beauty, artistry and skill. From our glorious 13th century Antiphonal illuminated in gold, books of hours from the 14th and 15th centuries and leaves from an Armenian Bible from the 9th century, to the beautiful works of William Morris and his Kelmscott Press of the late 1800s, this is your chance to come face to face with some of our state's most beautiful treasures.

Other highlights include recently acquired leaves from a 1508 French book of hours illustrated by Phillipe Pigouchet, a beautiful Venetian binding from 1578, and a third-century fragment of papyrus from Egypt.

Rarely on public display, come and explore the treasures of the State Library.

View the rare books and special collections library guide.


Image caption: Antiphonarium ad laudes vesperas … [Antiphonal] Italy, late 13th century (State Library SA Rare Books Collection)

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