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.

To find out more about how the Library acquires collection items read building our collections or contact:

Overseas Collection Development 
email: select@nla.gov.au

December 2013 Recent Acquisitions Report

Below: selected highlights from December 2012 Recent Acquisitions Report

Sketch of 12 people standing in front of a building

Boom, a website on the impact of the Western Australian mining boom on young artists.

Book cover for The Night Ladder

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.

Picture of the book The antient usage in bearing of such ensigns of honour as are commonly called arms 

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

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.

Book cover for the Shore of Certain Happiness

Shore of Certain Happiness, created by artists Gwen Harrison and Sue Anderson.

Photo of ephemera relating to the Papua New Guinea 2012 national election.

Over 160 items of election ephemera relating to the Papua New Guinea 2012 national election. 

Screen shot of the Kids Book Review website

Kids Book Review is a voluntary children’s book review website.

Photo of the book The Gentleman’s Recreation by Richard Blome.

The Gentleman’s Recreation by Richard Blome.

Book cover – Twelve Labours, by Gwenn Tasker

Twelve Labours, an artist book containing original etchings by Gwenn Tasker.

Portrait of a Fox

Visitors, a collaborative artists’ book of short fables by Gregory Day with drypoint etchings by Jiri Tibor Novak.

Cover illustration - Engraved throughout. "I. Gouyn, sc. 34 Snow Hill"

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

Original drawing by John Olsen, including a self-portrait with Debussy and Debussy's daughter, illustrating a manuscript note addressed to John Truscott, 1984.