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Celebrating 11 Years and Announcing the Archives Fine Book Collecting Prize

Monday August 26, 2019 5:30 PM

On Saturday August 24th we celebrated eleven years as custodians of Brisbane's 'Temple of Logos', Archives Fine Books. It was an intimate gathering  of family and friends once again catered by our dear friend and affineuse Wendy Downes of The Cheeseboard who helped put everyone in a celebratory frame of mind. Another cherished friend Nicole Tate added to the ambience of the evening with a beautiful repetoire played on an exquisite cross strung harp.

The formalities were short and sweet. Hamish spoke with great warmth about the behind-the-scenes role our family has played in making our eleven years at Archives...

10 Years of Stewardship

Wednesday August 29, 2018

Last week we celebrated 10 years of stewardship of Archives Fine Books with an unannounced 50% sale on Wednesday and lovely in-store celebration on Saturday evening.  

The surprise sale was our way of saying 'thank you' to our everyday regulars. We enjoyed surprising people with the news as they entered the shop and we appreciated the many expressions of gratitude and good will we received on the day.

The event on Saturday evening was a relaxed wine and cheese affair comprised of socialising with family, friends, colleagues and collectors, the youngest being Salvador who brought his lovely mum Jody along. Wendy...

The 43rd ILAB Congress

Tuesday February 27, 2018

This February I had the very good fortune to be supported to attend the 43rd ILAB Congress held in Pasadena, California. My thanks go to the the trustees of the Woodburn Foundation, who made it possible for the ABAA to support four booksellers new to the trade to be in attendance. I was joined by Laura Massey (Alembic Rare Books, UK), Aimee Peake (Bison Books, Canada) and Simon Ström (Sweden). I am also grateful to ANZAAB for supporting my travel to and from the Congress, and look forward to ‘giving back’ to the association that has offered me so much...

A Horse Lover's Library

I am not sure when I first had my own Harry Potter moment (‘***** - yer a book collector’), but it may have been when my grandfather solemnly handed me The Arabian Horse in Australia Volume III and said, ‘This is a good book. Look after it’. In awe, I accepted the challenge. I was aged around eight. Yet I think the sickness was born even earlier, as I have another memory from a younger age, I believe, of hunting down the Phar Lap movie companion book in a second hand bookstore and proudly bearing it to my mother. The...

Archives Fine Book Collecting Prize Winner Announced

We are delighted to announce Ms Emily Porter, 35, of Bray Park, QLD, has won the inaugural Archives Fine Book Collecting Prize with her entry A Horse Lover’s Library.

"I ultimately want to do my best to select the finest of the books that interest me. It is also especially important to me to preserve the history of the horse in reality, literature, and art, and what better way to do that then to curate a glorious time capsule that can be opened at any time, continuously updated and refined, and equally provides physical comfort and intellectual inspiration. That is...