Radio Interview: John Emmerson’s rare book collection donated to the Victorian State Library

The London Intelligencer, a news-sheet from the Emmerson Collection (State Library of Victoria)

Members who read the obituary of long-time BSANZ member John McLaren Emmerson in the last Broadsheet, written by Wallace Kirsop, may be interested in a radio interview with Des Cowley on John’s splendid donation of most of his 17th century book collection to the State Library of Victoria. The interview runs about 13 minutes and is well worth settling down to with a cup of tea in hand. You can find it at: has featured several highlights of the Emmerson collection, which includes rare first-hand accounts of the execution of King Charles I; the collected writings of King James I, bound and inscribed for his son Charles; and the first illustrated edition (1688) of Milton’s Paradise Lost, among many other gems sure to pique the interests of Society members and the general public alike.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *