[photo: Charles Nettleton: Sculpture Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, albumen silver photo, c.1872, detail (SLV H96.160/1789)]

This catalogue, launched in July 2020, is designed to be an evolving rather than static record, allowing for updates and additions as new information becomes available. Accordingly, regular bulletins will be posted, alerting users to new or amended entries, and other important changes.

See now New Entries Sept.-Oct.2020, for the previously promised catalogue of Melbourne’s former collection of plaster casts, and other new entries.


Illustrated Books

Naturally, books were the primary focus of the Melbourne Public Library from its inception in 1853. By 1870, there were nearly 60,000 volumes in the collection, including a number of significant illustrated books.

This new addition to the Before Felton catalogue, currently under development, will focus on some of the more important examples, beginning with volumes collected by 1861, many of them still in the SLV. Watch this space!