Rare Books and Special Collections
This is the digital archive of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Sydney Library. Digital copies of selected items have been placed in this repository for archival reasons and to facilitate access to fragile materials.
Originals are available in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, Level 1 Fisher Library.
Contact: (02) 9351 2992,
Digital copies have been scanned, unless stated otherwise, at 600 dpi in tiff format.
These digital images are copyright and may not be reproduced without permission of the University of Sydney Library.
- Treasures include manuscripts, early printed books, bibles, scientific works and modern works.
- Rare Books collection contains early printed books from the late 15th century to 1801, including early Australian publications.
- Special Collections are formed collections covering specific subject areas, including collections that were formerly private libraries or collections formed by individuals before being acquired by Rare Books and Special Collections.
- Manuscript Collections are collections of personal papers, correspondence and Australian literary manuscripts and include photographs and realia.
- Literary Prizes are winning entries in annual competitions for original composition in areas such as English, Latin, Australian History, Law, Classics, Government and Music, for example Wentworth Medal essays.
Other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions prescribed under the Copyright Act, items may not in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, microcopying, photocopying, recording or otherwise) be altered, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted without prior written permission from the University of Sydney Library and/or the appropriate author.
Sub-collections in this collection
Published 2021-01-12A written and illuminated book of plainchant music that contains the liturgical processions used by nuns at the Dominican convent of Saint-Louis de Poissy at the beginning of the sixteenth century, between 1500 and 1510. ...Book
Published 1500-01-01A manuscript on paper with 12 lines per page. To p. 168 it is by the same hand. The last gathering of 10 leaves is from an older manuscript, also on paper, with 16 lines per page. Bound with old oak boards with metal bosses ...
Published 1575-01-01Written in red and black on 18 leaves of vellum with rubricated initials, with a mid 16th century full calf binding with gilt rules and decorations. Light worming on last 2 leaves.
Published 1580-01-01An entirely handwritten psalter which seems to be of Spanish origin. This book of plainsong was used to celebrate the Office of Darkness during Triduum Pascal (Feria V in Coena Domine, lectione IX-Feria VI in Parasceve, ...
Published 1525-01-01This is a comprehensive Processional includes the processions for the Sundays throughout the liturgical year and for special feast days and Rogation days. Technical details indicates as one of the most widely disseminated ...