Dunedin Authors Discover Dickens Hiding in City Library

August 19, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Posted in City Library, Events, Heritage, Library_News | 1 Comment

On Thursday 20 August, local authors and members of the New Zealand Society of Authors will embark on a voyage of discovery into the hidden treasures of the Dunedin Public Libraries.

The McNab New Zealand Collection and Reed Special Collections stored on the third floor of the City Library hold in excess of 100,000 literary wonders, many of which are simply ‘one of a kind’ in New Zealand.

This will be the first time that members of the New Zealand Society of Authors have delved into the collections that trace the written word as far back as far as the medieval period.

They will have the opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with the Reed Special Collections, through an overwhelming array of bibles, medieval manuscripts and a selection of first editions by Charles Dickens; some of which are in their original monthly parts.

In addition a selection of original New Zealand publications will also be on display from the McNab New Zealand Collection, which constantly evolves to reflect the literary history and culture of the New Zealand and Pacific region. Who knows, some may discover their work already preserved for future generations, under the care of Dunedin Public Libraries.

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  1. And it was a fabulous tour! What treasures are hidden within your walls.

    My personal highlights, seeing Charles Dicken’s hand writing, and William Bligh’s, and of course AH Reed’s journal. The bibles were fantastic and the Books of Hours.

    Anthony is a knowledgeable and entertaining host.

    Thanks for the opportunity to see these treasures.


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