Sir Charles Bright was Chancellor of the University from 1971 to 1983, and a Judge of the South Australian Supreme Court from 1963 to 1979. The fund consisted of a donation made by Sir Charles before his death for the establishment of the fund, and other donations subsequently made in his memory.
This fund was used for the purchase, at the Librarian's discretion, of 'rare books, whether original or reproduction, or manuscripts of intrinsic interest or beauty.' The Fund's bookplate is inserted in each book purchased from the Fund.
Items purchased from the Charles Bright Rare Books Fund are held in the Charles Bright Collection in the Special Collections Reading Room.
Barnett, P. Neville, 1881-1959. Hiroshige. Sydney, 1938. Limited edition of 200 copies. Library holds number 183. 761 A552hi
FitzGerald, Robert D., 1902-1987. Heemskerck Shoals. Decorated by a map and 15 designs after drawings done by Geoffrey C. Ingleton. Fern Tree Gully Lower, Vic., 1949. Limited edition of 85. Library holds number 30. Signed by author, illustrator and printer. A821 F554h
Gill, Eric. The Lord's Song. London, 1934. Limited edition of 500 copies. Library holds number 152. 234.2 G475l
Heffernan, Maree. The linocuts of Edward B. Heffernan. Canberra, 1982. Limited edition of 125 signed and numbered copies. 769.994 H462.H
Newdigate, B.H. Book production notes : articles contributed to The London Mercury 1920-1925. Oxshott, Surrey, 1986. Limited edition of 270 copies. Library holds number 16.655 N542b
Pelican Press (London) Typography: type specimens grouped, displayed and numbered for the case of customers who desire a particular character and size. London, 1926.655 P384t
Ravilious, Eric. Ravilious & Wedgwood: the complete Wedgwood designs of Eric Ravilious. London, 1986. Limited edition of 750 copies.f769.942 R256r
Shaw, George, 1751-1813. Zoology of New Holland. [Facsimile of London, 1794 ed.]f590.994 S534z
Shaw, Henry, 1800-1873. Dresses and decorations of the Middle Ages. London, 1843.391.09 S534d
Strzelecki, Paul Edmund de, Sir, 1797-1873. Physical description of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land : accompanied by a geological map, sections and diagrams, and figures of the organic remains. London, 1845. 919.4 S927p