Level 3 Mortlock Wing State Library of South Australia North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
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Rare Books Group

The River Thames flows through the York Gate Library

Nona Verco

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The renowned York Gate Library purchased in 1905 is part of the RGSSA Library. The York Gate Library is an impressive collection in its own right (over 7,500 titles, 15,000 volumes).  The treasures include for example, the oldest cartographic work, and the oldest book in the RGSSA Library, several early atlases, the collections of voyages published by Johann Theodor de Bry, an original diary journal kept by Sir Joseph Banks (later botanist with James Cook) on his first voyage, to Newfoundland (1766), and John Lewin’s hand-coloured Birds of New Holland (1808), the first book solely on Australian birds, surviving in only six copies.

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Date and Time

22 August 2024
10:30 am

Jervois Room, ground floor, Mortlock Wing, State Library of South Australia.

Members: $gold coin
Non members: $5