Recent acquisitions highlights
Updated periodically, these listings give brief descriptions of some of the more significant items recently added to the National Library's collections. Included are new items for the Printed, Pictures, Manuscript, Oral History, Map, Asian and Electronic Collections.
Recently acquired material may also be found by using the 'New items' tab in the Library's catalogue, or by browsing the New Book and journal displays in the Main Reading Room.
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Below: selected highlights from December 2012 Recent Acquisitions Report
Lisa Pullen’s The Night Ladder, a book of five dark poems based on Charles Perrault's fairy tales, with original linoprints on a double fold-out sheet.
The ancient usage in bearing of such ensigns of honour as are commonly called arms: with a catalogue of the present nobility and baronets of England by Sir William Dugdale Kent.
Drawings by Philip D. Vigors of a head and shoulders ink and wash portrait of a woman, shells found at Port Essington, and 48 coloured drawings of shells gathered around Sydney, 1st January 1850. Available online soon.
Visitors, a collaborative artists’ book of short fables by Gregory Day with drypoint etchings by Jiri Tibor Novak.
The grand dramatic romance of Blue Beard, or Female curiosity: as now performing at the Theatre-Royal Drury Lane with unbounded applause, words by George Coleman the younger; the music composed, and selected by Michael Kelly.
Original drawing by John Olsen, including a self-portrait with Debussy and Debussy's daughter, illustrating a manuscript note addressed to John Truscott, 1984.