Rare Books collection areas

Australiana Materials relating to Australia, Australian literature and history. Includes First Fleet journals and explorers' accounts. Highlights include: Gould's The Birds of Australia and Celia Rosser's The Banksias.

Books on books
Materials about the history of books, dating from the 17th century to the present day. Covering all aspects of book production, selling and readership.

Comics from the 1930s to the 1950s, mainly Australian material.

Children's books
The Lindsay Shaw Collection of children's books from England and Australia contains about 10,000 titles, mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries

English literature and history English literature and history dating from 15th century to the present day. There is a strong focus on material produced between 1660 and 1800.

Cookery and household management books
Includes French and English cookery books from the 18th century and English and Australian material from the 19th century to the present day.

Medical books Includes the library of Dr Richard Travers, the former rare book collection of the Australian Medical Association, early Australian material, fringe medicine, the Goller Collection of AIDS material, 18th and 19th century forensic medicine.

French literature
A wide range of French literature dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Nineteenth century booksA collection of books from the 19th century, mainly in English.

ManuscriptsIncludes a small collection of 18th century manuscripts by Jonathan Swift and contemporaries, French material, and recipe books..

PamphletsPolitical, theological and literary pamphlets from the 17th century to the present. A large collection of Restoration and 18th century plays.

Nineteenth century periodicalsIncludes the Illustrated London News, the Graphic, the Edinburgh Review, the Strand, Pall Mall and many more.

Science fictionAmerican science fiction magazines dating from the 1920s to 1950s. Includes Fantastic Adventures, Amazing Stories, Startling Stories and Other Worlds.

School textbooksEarly 20th century textbooks used in Australian schools.

A collection of yellowback books dating from the mid to late 19th century.

Travel accounts and guides dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Includes a collection of Baedeker and Murray guide books.

Hard copies of original Monash University theses held by the Sir Louis Matheson Library.
Access to hard copy these is restricted, but microfiche copies are available in the Music and Multimedia Collection.