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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
A 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/
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.