The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia is a three-volume publication that contains over 800 steel- and wood-cut engravings. It documents the landscapes and urban settlements of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in the late 1800s.

This interesting book has been fully digitised by the National Library of Australia and is available through our Catalogue – along with a wide variety of other old and rare books.

This video explores how to find, access and navigate the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, and how to find other rare and interesting books in the Collection.

Learn more about the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia in the Library's current exhibition, A Nation Imagined: The Artists of the Picturesque Atlas.

Music used in video: One Last Time by Dan Phillipson courtesy of PremiumBeats.