The Telling Line: Image and Text in Twentieth Century Britain
ISBN 0772760128, 82 pages, $20.00
This exhibition demonstrated the pervasiveness of print within the culture of everyday life from the nineteenth century to the present. On display were a great variety of examples of printed ephemera, from early forms such as the broadside proclamation and broadside ballad, to the trade cards, invitations, programs, postcards, business forms, stationery, guidebooks, posters and printed advertisements of the recent past.
Tending the Young: From the T.G.H. Collection on the History of Paediatrics An exhibition held at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
ISBN 0772760233, 88 pages, $15.00
The purpose of this exhibition, curated by Philip Oldfield, was to pay tribute to Dr. Drake as a book collector and historian of pædiatrics, and to display some of the most significant works from his outstanding collection. The T.G.H. Drake Collection is one of the most comprehensive libraries on the history of pædiatrics in the world. Consisting of approximately 1500 printed books and pamphlets, it is particularly rich in pre-1800 imprints, and includes five incunabula. Among the fifty or so sixteenth-century works are early printings of the writings of the ancient medical authorities (Hippocrates, Celsus, Galen), of the mediæval physicians of Byzantium (Oribasius, Ætius, Paul of Ægineta), and of the Islamic lands (Rhazes, Avicenna, Avenzoar). The Collection also boasts the first works on pædiatrics printed in German (Metlinger), English (Rhösslin, Phaer), French (Vallambert), and Dutch (Blankaart). Other major landmarks of pædiatrics, often in several editions, are also to be found in the Collection. The literature devoted to rickets from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries is especially rich. The lengthy debate on inoculation against smallpox in the eighteenth century, leading up to Edward Jenner's development of the technique of vaccination, is well documented. There are also important clinical accounts, many of them first descriptions, of such infant diseases as whooping-cough, chicken-pox, diphtheria, meningitis, mumps, and poliomyelitis.
Toronto in Print:
A Celebration of 200 Years of the Printing Press in Toronto, 1798-1998
ISBN 0772760276, 112 pages, $20.00
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Toronto's first printing press was brought by boat from Niagara in September 1798. This exhibition, curated by Sandra Alston and Patricia Fleming surveys the consequences of that event in the life of the city and its inhabitants, from the regulations printed in 1798 for settlers along Yonge Street to a literary CD-ROM published in 1998. Handbills, pamphlets, books, serials, posters, comics, letterheads, catalogues, sheet music and more chronicle the people of Toronto as readers and writers, at work and at play, and demonstrate the central role of the printing trades in politics, economics, and culture. The catalogue won a first place award from the Alcuin Society, and an Honourable Mention award from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Sections of the American Library Association.
The University of Toronto: Snapshots of its History
ISBN 077176042X , 40 pages, $5.00
Based primarily on items in the University of Toronto Archives, this exhibition, by Harold Averill, was part of the University's 175th anniversary celebrations. Designed to complement Martin Friedland's University of Toronto: a history, it was a selective look at eight different areas of University's past. They are: King's College, the building of University College, the professoriate 'at play' in the 19th century, students in the Victorian era, research and new academic programmes before 1950, athletics, theatre on campus, and the impact of the 1960s. These themes were illustrated with a wide range of documents, drawings, photographs, posters, maps, works of art and artifacts, some of which have never been displayed publicly before.
Vizetelly & Compan(ies): A Complex Tale of Victorian Printing and Publishing
ISBN 0772760276, 139 pages, $20.00
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This exhibition traces the careers of James Vizetelly (1817-1897) and his brother Henry Vizetelly (1820-1894), as printers and engravers, and occasionally publishers in the 1840s and 1850s. The firm started as Vizetelly & Company in 1838 and changed its name to Vizetelly Brothers & Company when Henry became a partner in 1842. Following a dispute, the partnership was ended about 1850. After this date, James Vizetelly used the original firm name, while Henry operated under his own name. Both brothers were involved in the development of pictorial journalism, at times producing work for The Illustrated London News, but also as founders of The Pictorial Times and other journals. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue were prepared by Marie Korey (Massey College), Richard Landon (Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library) and Yannick Portebois and Dorothy E.Speirs (French Studies, University of Toronto).