The romance of a princess : a comedy, and other poems by Amy Redpath Roddick

This 94 page volume of poems was Lady Amy Redpath Roddick’s (1868-1954) 5th piece of published writing. While she might be best know as the McGill benefactor of the Roddick Gates, having donated them in the memory of her husband in 1924 she was also an accomplished writer with 17 works in 27 publications in 2 languages. 

Front inside cover & title page of The romance of a princess : a comedy, and other poems by Amy Redpath Roddick (1922)

Presented to the Library by the Author. Front inside cover & title page of The romance of a princess : a comedy, and other poems by Amy Redpath Roddick (1922)

We recently digitized 9 of her books bringing the total online to14.Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 11.18.39 AM  You can read more about her in the Canada’s Early Women Writers digital collection at the Simon Fraser University library or for more on the history of the Roddick Gates visit McGill digital exhibition Virtual McGill: Campuses and Buildings 

Faust : das Volksbuch, das Puppenspiel by Karl Joseph Simrock

From the cataloguing notes:

“The puppet play is K. J. Simrock’s version, a reconstruction from various sources and from memory. It was first published in 1846 under title: Doctor Johannes Faust, Puppenspiel in vier Aufzügen. Our copy in Rosalynde Stearn Puppet Collection with book seller’s label: “Annemarie Schnase “Antiquarin”, Berlin-Spandau…”; in slipcase.”

Title page of Simrock, K. J. (1924). Faust: Das Volksbuch, das Puppenspiel.

 Simrock, K. J. (1924). Faust: Das Volksbuch, das Puppenspiel.

 

Digitized at the request of a faculty member in the Languages, Literatures, and cultures – German Studies. Find out more about our digitization on demand service at our Research services webpage.

To consult the original you can visit Rare Books and Special Collections during their opening hours.

McGill Model School Girls’ Department

McGill Model School

McGill Model School Girls’ Department. Prize awarded to Lulu Borden for Reading, French and Geography in the Junior Division. Montreal, 23rd June, 1897. Mary J. Peebles Head Mistress. S. P. Robins Principal.

Decorative book label from the Philippe Masson Collection of Ex Libris  in Rare Books and Special Collections.  The Philippe Masson Collection of Ex Libris comprises of approximately 4500 bookplates, of which, three thousand are Canadian in origin.

http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/bookplates/

The art of wood-engraving

Woodcuts and some words by Edward Gordon Craig embodies glorious reproductions of woodcuts. My zest for the art of wood-engraving has grown after reading the history of wood blocks, cutting, and printing machines.

A McGill Library note from the catalogue record:
Copy no. 123 of a limited ed. of 160 copies signed by the author and with extra woodcut inserted.

The original book is available for consultation from our Rare Books and Special Collections reading room during regular opening hours or you can download the digital version from our catalogue.

Figure 17 of "Woodcuts and some words"

Figure 17 of “Woodcuts and some words”

Figure 21 of "Woodcuts and some words"

Figure 21 of “Woodcuts and some words”

Figure 57 of "Woodcuts and some words"

Figure 57 of “Woodcuts and some words”

Notes on noses

This is an entertaining book about popular Victorian era conceptions of noses and pseudoscience of physiognomy.

Notes on Noses is available for consultation from our Rare Books and Special Collections reading room during regular opening hours or you can download the digital version from our catalogue.

Title page of "Notes on noses"

Title page of “Notes on noses”

Cholera Epidemic of 1832 in Canada

Pamphlets published in 1832 by the New York Board of Health and the Philadelphia Sanitary Board contain interesting reports that investigated the cholera epidemic in Montreal, Quebec, and the rest of Canada.

Report of the commissioners employed to investigate the origin and nature of the epidemic cholera of Canada and Report of the Commission appointed by the Sanitary Baord of the City Councils, to visit Canada, for the investigation of the epidemic cholera, prevailing in Montreal and Quebec are available for consultation from our Rare Books and Special Collections reading room during regular opening hours or you can download the digital version from our catalogue. 

Title page of "Report of the commissioners employed to investigate the origin and nature of the epidemic cholera of Canada published by order of the Board of Health July 31 1832."

Title page of “Report of the commissioners employed to investigate the origin and nature of the epidemic cholera of Canada published by order of the Board of Health July 31 1832.”

Title page of "Report of the Commission appointed by the Sanitary Board of the City Councils to visit Canada for the investigation of the epidemic cholera prevailing in Montreal and Quebec"

Title page of “Report of the Commission appointed by the Sanitary Board of the City Councils to visit Canada for the investigation of the epidemic cholera prevailing in Montreal and Quebec.”

 

11 ways to a man’s heart

Cream cheese is NOT a way to my heart but it may work for some!

Front page of The Ingersoll Cream Cheese Co pamphlet "11 ways to a man's heart.".

Front page of The Ingersoll Cream Cheese Co pamphlet “11 ways to a man’s heart.” from between 1920 and 1950?

Back page of The Ingersoll Cream Cheese Co pamphlet "11 ways to a man's heart." from between 1920 and 1950?

Back page of The Ingersoll Cream Cheese Co pamphlet “11 ways to a man’s heart.” from between 1920 and 1950?

The original pamphlet is available for consultation from our Rare Books and Special Collections reading room during regular opening hours or you can download the digital version from our catalogue. 

Ingersoll also has a stunning virtual exhibition about Mammoth Cheese and the History of Cheese Making in Oxford County:

http://www.museevirtuel-virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/histoires_de_chez_nous-community_memories/pm_v2.php?id=exhibit_home&fl=0&lg=English&ex=354

Handwritten journal of a voyage up Great Britain’s west coast to Iceland

Page 1 of A journal of a voyage up Great Britain’s west coast and to Iceland by Joseph Banks (1743-1820)

Page 1 of A journal of a voyage up Great Britain’s west coast and to Iceland by Joseph Banks (1743-1820)

This handwritten primary source is a recent addition to our digital catalogue. It is the original account of a natural history expedition Sir Joseph Banks lead from July 12 to Sept. 6, 1772 up the coast of Britain to Iceland.

The title for this holograph was supplied by cataloguer, based on heading in the printed ed. edited by Roy A Rauschenberg, 1973. It was purchased by Casey Wood for the Blacker-Wood Collection from Wheldon & Wesley Ltd., Codicote, Hertfordshire in 1924 (cf. Rauschenburg, p. 194).

Bound in red morocco with gilt double-fillet border, spine with gilt lettering and gilt fillet trim, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges. You can consult the original in the Blacker-Wood Manuscripts collection by visiting the Rare Books and Special collections department during regular hours. 

Collection of Montreal tourism material

Digitization at the McGill library is provided as a research service so it’s always a pleasure to see our work in scholarly publications. Recently a special collaboration between the Rare Books and Special Collections librarian Ann Marie Holland and our own digitization administrator Jennifer Innes helped get over 20 images from our collection into the beautifully illustrated Destination Québec: Une histoire illustrée du tourisme by Marc H Choko, Michèle Lefebvre & Danielle Léger.

To give you a peak at some of our contributions I’ve posted a small subset but it’s worth picking up the book for the almost 350 images they have pulled together from diverse collections.   All originals are available for consultation from Rare Books and Special Collections reading room during regular opening hours.

Cover of Weldon, W. S. (1905). The Windsor Hotel, Montreal. Montréal: International Railway Pub. Co.

Cover of Weldon, W. S. (1905). The Windsor Hotel, Montreal. Montréal: International Railway Pub. Co. Rare Books/Special Collections – McLennan Bldg, 4th floor. FC2947.62 W56 1905

 

Front cover of 'Enjoy historic and gay Montreal' pamphlet published by the Montreal Tourist & Convention Bureau in the 1950s.

Front cover of ‘Enjoy historic and gay Montreal’ pamphlet published by the Montreal Tourist & Convention Bureau in the 1950s. Rare Books/Special Collections – McLennan Bldg, 4th floor. Uncat 0461.

 

 

Cover of Highlights of Montreal: The graphic digest for travellers. (1948). Montreal: Travel Publications.

Cover of Highlights of Montreal: The graphic digest for travellers. (1948). Montreal: Travel Publications. Rare Books/Special Collections – McLennan Bldg, 4th floor. FC2947.18 H54 1948

Page 2-3 of La province de Québec: Parcs et réserves = parks and reserves. (1962). Québec: Office du tourisme. Rare Books/Special Collections - McLennan Bldg, 4th floor. Uncat 0504.

Page 2-3 of La province de Québec: Parcs et réserves = parks and reserves. (1962). Québec: Office du tourisme. Rare Books/Special Collections – McLennan Bldg, 4th floor. Uncat 0504.

Cover of Montréal and the Laurentians. (1935). Québec (Province). Rare Books/Special Collections - McLennan Bldg, 4th floor. Uncat 0454.

Cover of Montréal and the Laurentians. (1935). Québec (Province). Rare Books/Special Collections – McLennan Bldg, 4th floor. Uncat 0454.

Cover of Montréal: The Paris of the New World. (1937). Montréal: Montréal Tourist & Convention Bureau.

Cover of Montréal: The Paris of the New World. (1937). Montréal: Montréal Tourist & Convention Bureau. Rare Books/Special Collections – McLennan Bldg, 4th floor. FC2947.18 M657 1937

 

Cover of Direct to the Laurentians from Montreal tunnel terminal. (1926). Montreal: Canadian National Railways. Rare Books/Special Collections - McLennan Bldg, 4th floor. Uncat 0480.

Cover of Direct to the Laurentians from Montreal tunnel terminal. (1926). Montreal: Canadian National Railways. Rare Books/Special Collections – McLennan Bldg, 4th floor. Uncat 0480.