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June 2022 News

The Rare Book Fair is back! 

We've just learned that the Rare Book Fair will be held in July this year.  As usual, it will be held in Melbourne University's Wilson Hall and the dates are Thursday July 7th to Sunday the 9th.  We're delighted, and looking forward to seeing you in person. 

More information on the fair at rarebookfair.com.

 

Newsletter

 

The May newsletter, which includes a number of manuscript leaves to do with the medieval Liturgy has been sent out and unsold items will soon be listed on this website.  

 

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Medieval dragon symbolism

For most God-fearing people in the fourteenth century, the dragon was a real creature: a reptilian, winged, fire-breathing creature aligned with Satan, the bearer of death and misfortune and, significantly, the evil of paganism.
The dragons depicted in Books of Hours leaves may well have been included in the illuminations as a reminder to the devout reader of the evils associated with the creature and to direct him or her to the safety and truth of the holy text where salvation was to be found.


Enter "dragon" in the Search Box at top right to see a number of leaves that include dragons.

 

 

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