A section of the medieval herbal manuscript on 2 damaged leaves

New to our digital catalogue: Macer Floridus : a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves] came to us from the Olser Library of the History of Medicine by way of a researcher request. The cataloguing notes tell us the herbal has been attributed erroneously to Macer Floridus. In double columns, containing 288 hexameter lines, which correspond to chapters 65-73, Piper-Costus and to chapters 36, Caulis, 34, Bugloss, 38, Origanum, 46, Asarum, in Pictorius’s ed.: Basel, 1559. Except for 2 leaves (shown below), the vol. is of blank paper which we left in the PDF; with coloured capitals.

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

You can download the PDF of the manuscript from our catalouge or come see the real thing by visiting the Osler Library of the History of Medicine.

A new map of the Island of Barbadoes

New to our digital catalogue:  A new map of the Island of Barbadoes by Phillip Lea (1666-1700) published in1682. If you’re planning on using it for navigation pay attention – the top of the map faces west rather than the usual north. A-new-map-Island-Barbadoes_G51401682L4

You can download the map from our catalogue or you can see come see the original by visiting the Rare Book and Special Collections reading room during opening hours.

 

A baking powder fraud exposed from 1879!

New to our digital catalogue: Found inside the ‘The princess baker’ by William Lunan & Son (1879) in our Cookbook Collection, Rare Books and Special collections.

Inside cover. William Lunan & Son. (1879). The princess baker.

Inside cover. William Lunan & Son. (1879). The princess baker.

Page 2. William Lunan & Son. (1879). The princess baker.

Page 2. William Lunan & Son. (1879). The princess baker.

To read the whole 16 page booklet and find some great recipes you can download it from our catalogue or you can see the original by visiting our  Rare Book and Special Collections reading room during opening hours.

Newton’s Opticks reprocessed in full colour

Our Rare Books and Special Collections copy of Newton’s Opticks was one of the first things we digitized years ago. Recently we went back to the archival master files and reprocess the pages in full colour to enhance the readability of the marginalia. Sometimes cited as McGill MS 46 this is Newton’s own copy with extensive manuscript additions and corrections.

You can download the full book from our catalogue or you can see the original by visiting the Rare Book and Special Collections reading room during opening hours.

Page 139. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks, or, A treatise of the reflexions, refractions, inflexions and colours of light: also two treatises of the species and magnitude of curvilinear figures. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections

Page 139. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince’s Arms in St. Paul’s Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections. 

Page 73. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks, or, A treatise of the reflexions, refractions, inflexions and colours of light: also two treatises of the species and magnitude of curvilinear figures. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections.

Page 73. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince’s Arms in St. Paul’s Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections.

Page 35. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks, or, A treatise of the reflexions, refractions, inflexions and colours of light: also two treatises of the species and magnitude of curvilinear figures. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections.

Page 35. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince’s Arms in St. Paul’s Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections.

 

 

McLennan Travelling Library

Travelling Library bookplate. Book no. 26. Date received 1901. McGill University Library. Rare Books and Special Collections.

Travelling Library bookplate. Book no. 26. Date received 1901. McGill University Library. Rare Books and Special Collections.

 

Beginning in 1899, this travelling library was supported by the McLennan family and administered by McGill University. It operated mainly in rural Quebec. In 1978 its functions were absorbed by the programme of the Bibliothèque centrale de l’Estrie.

– Summary from the description of Record Group no. 40 from Volume one of ‘A Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University’. McGill University Archives. 1985.

Want to see more vintage McGill library bookplates? We’ve put a small selection on Pinterest for easy browsing from the Philippe Masson Collection of Ex Libris digital collection.

McGill Fortnightly Review

In addition to digitizing the McGilliad we have also recently put online the full run of 18 issues of the McGill Fortnightly review.

McGill Fortnightly review was founded by F.R. Scott and A.J.M. Smith as an independent undergraduate journal after it was announced that the Students’ Council couldn’t support the publishing of the McGill Daily Literary supplement which is detailed in the first issue editorial. The student publication ran from 1925-1927 and featured modernist poetry and prose.

Front page of the The McGill Fortnightly Review first issue from 1925. http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/428073817

Front page of the The McGill Fortnightly Review first issue from 1925. http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/428073817

 

Read more about the  McGill Fortnightly review in Ken Norris’ 1980 English thesis “The role of the little magazine in the development of modernism and post-modernism in Canadian poetry” which is available online in our institutional repository, eScholarship.

You can download all of the issues from our catalogue or you can see the original by visiting the Rare Book and Special Collections reading room during opening hours.

Map of the Island of Montreal prepared by J. Rielle in 1892.

Map of the Island of Montreal prepared by J. Rielle in 1892. Cadastral map showing in detail land owners’ homes and locations. Hand coloured and mounted on cloth backing. Full size is 89 x 169 cm and folds down to 30 x 22 cm.  Folded and fully bounded with gilt title on cover, illustrated floral end papers.

Cartographic Mathematical Data: Scale approximately 1:3382. 1.87 in. to 1 mile. .69 in. to 1 arpent.

Map of the Island of Montreal prepared by J. Rielle in 1892. Cadastral map showing in detail land owners' homes and locations. Hand coloured.

Close up of Mount Royal Park. Map of the Island of Montreal prepared by J. Rielle in 1892. Cadastral map showing in detail land owners’ homes and locations.

folded G3452 M65 1892 R54. Map Room – Rare Books & Special Collections. McGill Library.

Map of the Island of Montreal prepared by J. Rielle in 1892.

Map of the Island of Montreal prepared by J. Rielle in 1892. Cadastral map showing in detail land owners’ homes and locations. Click on the image to view it larger. 

folded G3452 M65 1892 R54. Map Room – Rare Books & Special Collections. McGill Library.

You can download the map from our catalogue or you can see the original by visiting the Rare Book and Special Collections reading room during opening hours.

Plan of the wharves in the harbour of Montreal, 1877

When this map of the Montreal harbour came to us it’s small 11 x 15 cm cover hid a map that measured over 96 x 31 cm when unfolded. Too delicate to weigh down we shot this with our Betterlight 8K medium format camera. With a full image size of 9426 × 3352 pixels when you extract a JPG from the PDF you can get some really nice detail.

You can download the map from our catalogue or you can see the original by visiting the Rare Book and Special Collections reading room during opening hours.

Harbour Commissioners of Montreal., & Kennedy, J. (1877). Plan of the wharves in the harbour of Montreal, 1877. Montréal: Printed by] the Burland Desbarats Co.

Close of Lachine Canal from the Plan of the wharves in the harbour of Montreal, 1877. Montréal: Printed by] the Burland Desbarats Co.

Harbour Commissioners of Montreal., & Kennedy, J. (1877). Plan of the wharves in the harbour of Montreal, 1877. Montréal: Printed by] the Burland Desbarats Co.

Harbour Commissioners of Montreal., & Kennedy, J. (1877). Plan of the wharves in the harbour of Montreal, 1877. Montréal: Printed by] the Burland Desbarats Co.

Harbour Commissioners of Montreal., & Kennedy, J. (1877). Plan of the wharves in the harbour of Montreal, 1877. Montréal: Printed by] the Burland Desbarats Co.

Cover of Plan of the wharves in the harbour of Montreal, 1877. Montréal: Printed by] the Burland Desbarats Co.

New digital exhibition: Our friend, the Sun

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 1.16.28 PMA gloomy winter day seems the perfect time to launch a digital exhibition about the therapeutic effects of the sun. The digital exhibit delves into the visual culture of Heliotherapy, an ancient practice of total bodily exposure to sunlight, and Phototherapy, an electric light therapy pioneered in the 1890s. How heliotherapeutic and phototherapeutic practices were disseminated and popularized within the history and visual culture of light therapeutics during the early twentieth century will be explored using illustrated texts and objects from the Osler Library‘s collection – so too will themes of pleasure and discomfort, ancient and modern, and the natural and artificial.

Take a break and learn more at http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/sun/

Promo slide for Olser exhibition

Coming soon: McGill Daily

Last month we started an ambitious project to digitize all of the back issues of the McGill Daily, the student newspaper founded in 1911. Starting in January the plan is to start collecting the +60,000 files into PDFs and run optical character recognition to make the papers fully searchable. Next up will to upload them to the Internet Archive and then create a digital collection that features more of our digitized student publications. Our hope is to preserve and create a searchable index to part of McGill student history. We hope to follow up by adding the publications that preceded the Daily, namely the McGill (University) Gazette 1873-1890, the McGill Fortnightly 1892-1898, the McGill Outlook 1898-1907 and the (McGill) Martlet 1908-1911.

Since that is still many months away I’ll tease you with just the front page of the first issue.

Searching the first issue of the McGill Daily  (1911).

Searching the first issue of the McGill Daily (1911).