Cycling! Endorsed by all physicians.

Advertisement found on page 21 of the 1890 edition of the Polk’s medical register and directory of North America.

Advertisement found on page 21 of the 1890 edition of the Polk’s medical register and directory of North America.

The Osler Library of the History of Medicine has 12 volumes of the registries covering from 1890 to 1917 in their reference collection. The bookplate indicates it was no. 1898 in the Library of the Faculty of Medicine collection and received in 1896.

Not only a great resource for researching medical professionals most pages feature small banner advertisement in it’s header making it filled with odd medical endorsements. You can view the full set online.

Found between the pages – Macdonald College Magazine

We recently received a shipment of books from our Macdonald campus library for a new digitization project we’re starting up this summer. While going through the volumes we came across the unusual find of what we think is a pressed corsage!

Flowers found in the pages of the Macdonald College Magazine - volume XII, No.4, April-May 1920. p. 236 - 237.

Flowers found in the pages of the Macdonald College Magazine – volume XII, No.4, April-May 1920. p. 236 – 237.

 

The Macdonald College magazine was published between 1910 and 1932 by the students and contained articles on student activities and other various topics, specifically agricultural ones. The magazine also contains a number of advertisements for local businesses which will be valuable in the student of Montreal and McGill history. This spring we’ll be digitizing the full run and making it available online.

For more information on Macdonald college campus visit the history feature, Founding Macdonald College.

References

MCGILL UNIVERSITY. (2004). A guide to archival resources at McGill University. Montréal, McGill University Archives. R.G. 75: Student Organizations. http://www.archives.mcgill.ca/resources/guide/vol1/rg75.htm

 

The University Library as seen in 1922

“The library may be compared to a vast telephone exchange by means of which the mind of the student can be put in communication with other minds. The catalogue corresponds to the telephone book. The student finds in it the call number of the person with whom he wishes to be connected. The attendant at the Delivery Desk corresponds to “Central” by making the connection, and if a book is already out the line is “busy”. If the library is small, the opportunities of the student is small. The larger the number of volumes the greater is the student’s chance of getting in touch with other people who have something to say worth hearing. The Library is also like a long distance telephone system, for it enables the student to listen to thinkers and writers in practically every country of the world. The Library, however, has a great advantage over the ordinary long-distance exchange, because it can put the student in touch with great minds of other centuries as well. It is, therefore, not merely a system of communication in the present but also in the historical past.”

Dr. G. R. Lomer, University Librarian. The University Library. 1922 Old McGill Yearbook. Page 117.

The University Library by Dr. Lorme. Pg 117 of 1922 Old McGill Yearbook.

Photo in the centre is of the original Redpath library now Redpath Hall on McTavish. — The University Library by Dr. Lorme. Pg 117 of 1922 Old McGill Yearbook.

The manuscripts of Cardinal Bessarion

Guest post by Jillian Tomm, Postdoctoral Fellow in Rare Books & Special Collections

This volume, the Inventaire des manuscrits grecs & latins donnés à Saint-Marc de Venise par le cardinal Bessarion en 1468, records a number of Greek and Latin manuscripts, once owned by the fifteenth-century scholar Cardinal Bessarion (1403-1472), which formed the nucleus of the Bibliotheca Marciana of Venice. The list is heavily marked by a reader with a parallel and different set of numbers.

It is possible that this volume was used and marked by Bessarion specialist Lotte Labowsky, who published on Bessarion’s library. The volume is part of the Raymond Klibansky Collection—Klibansky and Labowsky worked closely for decades on several topics including Labowsky’s Bessarion work, and a number of books in the Klibansky Collection were previously owned by her. The handwritten numbers resemble those left by Labowsky in her corrections to Klibansky’s Latin edition of Locke’s Epistola de tolerantia.”

Inventaire des manuscrits grecs & latins donnés à Saint-Marc de Venise par le cardinal Bessarion en 1468 (Book)
Inventaire des manuscrits grecs & latins donnés à Saint-Marc de Venise par le cardinal Bessarion en 1468 (eBook)

Title page of "Inventaire des manuscrits grecs & latins donnés à Saint-Marc de Venise par le cardinal Bessarion en 1468"

Title page of “Inventaire des manuscrits grecs & latins donnés à Saint-Marc de Venise par le cardinal Bessarion en 1468″

Page 29 of "Inventaire des manuscrits grecs & latins donnés à Saint-Marc de Venise par le cardinal Bessarion en 1468"

Page 29 of “Inventaire des manuscrits grecs & latins donnés à Saint-Marc de Venise par le cardinal Bessarion en 1468″

History of the newspaper printing industry in Montreal

This is a fascinating book about the history of the newspaper printing industry in Montreal and moreover, the line art illustrations are beautiful.

From page 4 of The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution. (Book & eBook):

‘The early printers, in their work, had either to rival the exquisite manuscripts of the monkish transcribers of written knowledge, or be considered far behind in the “art preservative of all arts.” Everything was done conscientiously in those days, and with the greatest care. The inventors were the printers: and their hearts were in their work. Printers then looked upon their productions as works of art.’

Front cover of "The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution."

Front cover of “The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution.”

Illustration on page 3 of "The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution."

Illustration on page 3 of “The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution.”

Illustration on page 7 of "The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution."

Illustration on page 7 of “The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution.”

Illustration on page 8 of "The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution."

Illustration on page 8 of “The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution.”

Illustration on page 10 of "The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution."

Illustration on page 10 of “The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution.”

Illustration on page 12 of "The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution."

Illustration on page 12 of “The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution.”

Illustration on page 13 of "The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution."

Illustration on page 13 of “The daily newspaper : the history of its production and distribution.”

List of Greek manuscripts in Escorial library of Spain

Guest post by Jillian Tomm, Postdoctoral Fellow in Rare Books & Special Collections

This short book provides a list of Greek manuscripts from the library of the sixteenth-century Platonist Francesco Patrizi  (1529-1597), acquired by the celebrated Escorial library of Spain in the 1570s. The introductory text (in German) also provides biographical information about Patrizi. Both the inventory and introduction have been marked by a reader, perhaps by Raymond Klibansky (1905-2005). The volume was once in the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek Warburg of Hamburg (now the Warburg Library in London), and today the volume is part of McGill’s Raymond Klibansky Collection.

See images of the Escorial library on their website: http://rbme.patrimonionacional.es/

Front cover of "Francesco Patricio und seine Sammlung [...]"

Front cover of “Francesco Patricio und seine Sammlung [...]“

Title page of "Francesco Patricio und seine Sammlung [...]"

Title page of “Francesco Patricio und seine Sammlung [...]“

Francesco Patricio und seine Sammlung griechischer Handschriften in der Bibliothek des Escorial (Book)
Francesco Patricio und seine Sammlung griechischer Handschriften in der Bibliothek des Escorial (eBook)

Toronto’s Old Union Station in Canadian Architect and Builder

Back in 2003 the McGill library completed an ambitious digitization project that brought the full text 22-volume journal Canadian Architect and Builder online with a fully searchable index including all of the illustrations and advertisements.

A quick search for Toronto Union Station brought up over 689 records including these early imaginings from architects Strickland & Symons of the original Union Station that used to be just west of the current location. 

Plan of Main Floor. Union Station, Toronto by by architects Strickland & Symons.  From The Canadian Architect and Builder, Volume 7 (1894), Issue 9, Plate 1

Plan of Main Floor. Union Station, Toronto by by architects Strickland & Symons. From The Canadian Architect and Builder, Volume 7 (1894), Issue 9, Plate 1

 

Architectural sketch Union Station, Toronto by architects Strickland & Symons. From The Canadian Architect and Builder, Volume 7 (1894), Issue 9, Plates 2a and 2b 

Architectural sketch Union Station, Toronto by architects Strickland & Symons. From The Canadian Architect and Builder, Volume 7 (1894), Issue 9, Plates 2a and 2b

If you are not familiar the Canadian Architect and Builder (CAB) was published between 1888 and 1908 and is the only professional architectural journal published in Canada before World War I. These journals are a part of the Blackader-Lauterman Collection.

 

 

You can live in an apartment

“You can live in an apartment” but I rather live in a condo!

This is an entertaining book about life in various 1930s city apartments. Montreal is one of the cities mentioned along with Halifax, Hollywood, Oxford, Chicago, Freiburg in Germany, London, and Princeton.

You can live in an apartment (Book)
You can live in an apartment (eBook)

Title page of "You can live in an apartment"

Title page of “You can live in an apartment”

Illustration on page 3 of "You can live in an apartment"

Illustration on page 3 of “You can live in an apartment”

Contents page of "You can live in an apartment"

Contents page of “You can live in an apartment”

I am

THE ARGUMENT

We all of us appear to ourselves and to our
fellows as living material organisms of body, brain
and thought existing as objects in Space-Time and
coming into existence in Space-Time at birth while
going out of existence on death. We appear to
ourselves and our fellows as impermanent, for each
one of us, in appearance, changes in bodily form
from childhood to age between the times of birth
and death. We know all this, and some hold that
man is no more than what he appears to be, that
is, an impermanent object in Space-Time.

—from page ix of “I am”

I am (Book)
I am (eBook)

Title page of "I am"

Title page of “I am”

 

Yukon Gold Mining in 1905

I enjoy the photographs and the landscape page orientation of this book about Yukon gold mining in 1905.

Cataloguing notes: “Published as a souvenir for the meeting of the American Institute of Mining Engineers. ’The gold in the gold pan on the cover page is from Discovery claim, Bonanza, the claim on which the gold was found that started the Klondike rush. Mr. J. Moore Elmer, manager of the property, kindly furnished the gold for this purpose’–P. [1].”

The Klondike (Book)
The Klondike (eBook)

Front cover of "The Klondike"

Front cover of “The Klondike”

Page 9 of "The Klondike"

Page 9 of “The Klondike”

Page 4 of "The Klondike"

Page 4 of “The Klondike”