Welcome to Ancora Press


The Ancora Press operates as two distinct entities under the one imprint.

1. The Ancora Press in the Department of Fine Arts at Caulfield is managed by Dr Brian McMullin and specialises in handpress printing. [This part of the website is still under construction: please contact brian.mcmullin@monash.edu for further information.]

2. The Ancora Press in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at the Clayton Campus publishes conventional books and pamphlets on aspects of bibliography and book history. It continues the publication programme discontinued by the Centre for the Book in 2009, which in turn succeeded the Centre for Textual and Bibliographical Studies. The publisher of the Ancora Press is Professor Wallace Kirsop and the editor and project officer is Meredith Sherlock. Please see the Publications page for our catalogue.


 Whyte Memorial Lecture

 Writing the History of Libraries: Past, Present and Future. Still Life or Animation?



Tuesday 11 November, 2014 6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Westin Melbourne, Room 111, 205 Collins Street, Melbourne

‎This annual lecture celebrates the legacy of the late Jean Whyte and her sister Phyllis. Professor Jean Whyte was the foundation professor in the Graduate School of Librarianship at Monash University. The sisters left generous bequests to Monash to support research in librarianship, archives and records, and to support the library’s research collection in English literature, librarianship and philosophy.The 2014 Guest lecturer Giles Mandelbrote writes that most of us have a mental image of how a library is supposed to look. But does this picture work equally well for a shelf of manuscript books – at one end of the spectrum – or a web portal, at the other? Is it a still life, or is it animated by the presence of readers and library staff? And what, historically, have libraries been intended to do?Drawing on his experience of editing the Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland volume for the period 1640-1850, Giles Mandelbrote will trace the impact on library history of the development of wider scholarship in the history of the book. This illustrated lecture will use examples from the Reformation to the present day to explore how the changing historical accounts of libraries also reflect the changing agenda and sense of identity of libraries themselves. 

About the speaker

‎Giles Mandelbrote is the Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library, the historic library (founded 1610) of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal archive for the documentary history of the Church of England. Previously he worked for nearly 15 years at the British Library as one of the curators responsible for the national collection of books printed in Britain during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He jointly convenes (with Dr. Keith Manley) a regular Research Seminar in the History of Libraries at the Institute of Historical Research/Institute of English Studies; he also teaches for the University of London’s Rare Book School and is one of the organisers of the annual two-day London conference on book trade history.

‎Among his publications are Out of Print & Into Profit: A history of the rare and secondhand book trade in Britain in the 20th century, and volume II (1640-1850) of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, edited jointly with K.A. Manley. More recently he has edited and contributed to a volume on the growth of the British Library’s collections, Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library’s Printed Collections (2009), and The Arcadian Library: Bindings and Provenance (2014).

Click here to RSVP by Friday 7 November. The 2014 Lecture is sponsored by

the Faculty of  Information Technology, Monash University.

Public Lecture

The Historic Collections of Lambeth Palace Library


Wednesday 12 November, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Newman College, University of Melbourne

This illustrated lecture will trace the history of the foundation and growth of the Lambeth Palace Library and explore some of the treasures of its early collections.

Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal archive for the Church of England. Its collections today comprise:

almost 5,000 volumes of manuscripts including medieval illuminated masterpieces such as the giant twelfth-century Lambeth Bible, archival records of bishops, churchmen and missionary societies, and over 200,000 printed books. This illustrated lecture will trace the history of the foundation and growth of the library and explore some of the treasures of its early collections.

This lecture is jointly presented with The University of Melbourne Library and Australians Studying Abroad Cultural Tours.

Free, bookings required. 9342 1614 .