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  1. The company of the Hanged Man

    It is widely accepted that Tarot cards developed in Italy in the 15th century. They sprang out of the playing card tradition and the first engraved …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2018/05/22/the-company-of-the-hanged-man

  2. Chance and fortune: gaming in France

    More than merely children’s toys, playing cards have a long and fascinating history. In printmaking, they represent some of the earliest examples of the media as …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2018/05/09/chance-and-fortune-gaming-in-france

  3. Facing The Dragon Arum

    The Dragon Arum or Dracunculus vulgaris (1801), a striking mezzotint illustration, was added to the collection by Rare Books in 2017 and is currently on prominent display …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2018/04/19/facing-the-dragon-arum

  4. Pygmies versing beasts according to Homer and Pliny

    According to Homer, there existed a tribe of Pygmies, or diminutive people one-and-a-half feet tall, who were constantly at war with cranes (The Iliad book III). …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2018/03/19/pygmies-versing-beasts-according-to-homer-and-pliny

  5. Yolngu culture comes to the Baillieu Library Print Collection

    ‘May I have a volunteer to cut off their hair.’ This was the arresting opening statement to the art history tutorial led by Yolngu elder and …

    blogs.unimelb.edu.au/librarycollections/2017/10/26/yolngu-culture-comes-to-the-baillieu-library-print-collection