David Jones Artist & Writer
ISBN 0772760195, 56 pages, $15.00
This centennial exhibiton, marking one hundred years of the birth of the artist, David Jones, was curated by Professor William Blissett and Alan Horne of the University of Toronto. According to Professor Blissett, David Jones belongs to a great tradition, that of the notable artist who is also a notable writer. Profusely illustrated with woodcuts, watercolours and paintings by Jones, the exhbition documents the artist's life and works with examples from the collections of the Fisher Library and Professor Blisset's own collection.
Designer Bookbinders in North America
ISBN 0772760357, 59 pages, $30.00
The best in contemporary British bookbinding was showcased in the travelling exhibition, Designer Bookbinders in North America. Featured was the work of twenty-four Fellows and Licentiates of Designer Bookbinders, Great Britain’s principal bookbinding society and one of the foremost in the world. The forty-seven bindings featured in the exhibition confirm the great diversity and high quality of contemporary British bookbinding. Literary inspiration ranges from The Four Gospels to Unity Universe, An A-Z by Sue Doggett and Wrenching Times – Poems from “Drum Taps” by Walt Whitman.
The Discovery of Insulin at the University of Toronto: an exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary
80 pages, $20.00
Due to popular demand this catalogue is sold out
This exhibition, by Katharine Martyn, tells the story of the discovery of insulin from its genesis in a note jotted down by F.G. Banting in October 1920, through the early experiments he performed with C.H. Best in the summer of 1921, the subsequent experiments to obtain a purified extract, carried out by Banting, Best and J.B. Collip, under the direction of J.J.R. Macleod, to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine to Banting and J.J.R. Macleod in 1923.
Elegant Editions: Aspects of Victorian Book Design
ISBN 0772760144, 60 pages, $20.00
Curated by Marie Korey of the Massey College Library, University of Toronto, this exhibition is the first extensive public presentation of the Ruari McLean Collection. Assembled by the noted British book designer and historian of printing, the McLean Collection documents the developments in colour printing, particularly in Britain, and the evolution of publisher's bookbindings, and formed the basis of his pioneering works on the subject.
Eric Gill: His Life and Art
ISBN 0772760055, 54 pages, $20.00
This commemoration of Gill's life and work is drawn primarily from a private collection in Toronto formed by J. Kemp Waldie, and also contains items from the Fisher Library and the Library of the University of Waterloo. It illustrates the varied aspects of Gill's career, with special emphasis on his graphic art and book illustration. The catalogue, by Alan Horne, Richard Landon, and Guy Upjohn won a first place award from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Sections of the American Library Association, and two design awards from the National Composition and Prepress Association.
Evolution of the Heart: The University Library: The First Century, 1827-1923
ISBN 0772760098, 47 pages, $15.00
Curated by Harold Averill of the University Archives, this exhibition celebrates the early history of the University Library, profusely illustrated with photographs and documents. Early documents detail the founding of King's College, the Library's early homes, the devastating fire of 1890 and the building of the new Library and its collections afterwards. The catalogue won a first place award from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Sections of the American Library Association.
Expectations and Experience: The World of the Medieval and Renaissance Traveller, ISBN 0772760098, 16 pages, $5.00
The exhibition is mounted in conjunction with a symposium sponsored by the Humanities Centre on the occasion of the 2002 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. It features a variety of early maps, manuscripts, and early printed books drawn from the resources of the Fisher Library and the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, and explores the theme of the cultural encounter of east and west.
Experiencing India: European Descriptions and Impressions, 1498-1898
ISBN 077276025X , 104 pages, $20.00
The variety of European encounters with the Indian subcontinent, from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, was the theme of this exhibition. Two things developed in the fifteenth century that frame the start of the historical period. One was printing from movable type, introduced in Europe by Johann Gutenberg in the 1450s. The other was navigation, permitting the Portuguese Bartolomeu Diaz to sail into the Indian Ocean, around the southern tip of Africa, in 1488, and another Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama, to reach the shores of India in 1498, exactly five hundred years ago. The ensuing record of discovery and travel, as it unfolded, was published in early European printed books that have come to be highly prized by collectors and libraries. The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of the University of Toronto is fortunate to possess a representative range of materials, principally in English, from these four centuries.The exhibition and catalogue were by Professor Willard G. Oxtoby, Comparative Study of Religion, Trinity College, University of Toronto. The catalogue won an Honourable Mention award from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Sections of the American Library Association.
Extra muros/Intra muros: A Collaborative Exhibition of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Toronto, ISBN 0772760608, 126 pages, $30.00
Within the walls of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, there are roughly 700,000 books and many large collections of literary and historical manuscripts, including the University of Toronto Archives. It is the largest and most diverse research resource of its kind in Canada. However, without those walls, but within the University of Toronto, there are a dozen other important Special Collections departments whose resources are well known to the specialist scholars who use them, but are not, perhaps, as visible to the general university community and the citizens of Toronto. This is the first time we have attempted a joint, collaborative exhibition to display in one venue a selection of the treasures throughout the whole university.