Real Gold: Treasures of Auckland City Libraries

The exhibition Real Gold: Treasures of Auckland City Libraries opens on the second floor at Central City Library on Monday 12 November. Items for this free exhibition are selected from thousands of rare, valuable and wonderful items cared for by the Special Collections unit at Auckland City Libraries.
This intriguing exhibition continues until 29 February 2008, 9am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge for admission. Guided tours are available.

Among the treasures are a First Folio of Shakespeare, a six-page catechism which is the first work printed in New Zealand, medieval illuminated manuscripts, maps and sketches of early Auckland, avant-garde private press productions, Maori language manuscripts, Isaac Newton's Optiks, letters from Florence Nighingale to Sir George Grey, the records of Limbs Dance Company and Mercury Theatre.

At the heart of the exhibition are many hundreds of items donated by Sir George Grey in 1887, shortly after the lib