Articles in the 2008 issue included:
‘Where Did They Come From?’: Incunabula in the Special Printed Collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library. Ruth Lightbourne, Curator, Special Printed Collections, at the Alexander Turnbull Library, describes some of the unique aspects of the Library’s 90 incunabula, and explains who collected them and the subsequent donations and purchases which brought them into the Special Printed Collections.
Milton and the Theology of Secular Politics. Benjamin Myers, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland, gave the 2008 Founder Lecture in Wellington on 19 June 2008. This essay, in which he considers John Milton’s political pamphlets, is a slightly revised version.
‘That Serpent Milton’: Creating a ‘Minds-on’ Book Exhibition. J E Traue, Chief Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library 1974-90, was curator of the 1994 National Library exhibition on John Milton. This essay outlines the aims, rationale and achievements of the exhibition.
Paper Visions: The Piranesi Collection at the Alexander Turnbull Library. David Maskill and Matthew Norman present a close-up view of the extraordinary group of 75 prints by the Italian architect G B Piranesi, following an exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery in 2007, featuring several of the best works.