Rare Books Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)
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Photograph of archivist Stephanie Smith with the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia (1886-88), published in Sydney, Australia by the Picturesque Atlas Publishing Co., edited by Andrew Garran. Contains over 700 engravings on steel and wood contained specially commissioned from leading Australian artists. There are only thirty maps in the Atlas's 800 pages which contains hundreds of pictures. It was was released in 42 separate editions usually bound into three large volumes and sold an impressive 53,000 copies. Writers, artists, academics and politicians came together to prepare a book of unprecedented splendour and ambition (990 PIC). Photograph: Debbie McCauley.