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New exhibition: The Illustrated Alice

Posted on October 8, 2015 @7:12 pm by cshriver

The Illustrated Alice: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

October 6 through October 31, 2015

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice “without pictures or conversation?”

~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Image of Illustrated AliceJoin us for a sesquicentennial celebration of one of the most beloved books ever written. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) is proud to present The Illustrated Alice, a visual journey through 150 years of illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s classic work.

Curated by Kristy Woodcock, a children’s librarian and student in the Master of Arts in Children’s Literature program at UBC, the exhibition explores the enduring appeal of Alice through the ages.

Few literary works in history have been more widely adapted and referenced than Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Since its first publication in 1865, Alice has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists. While Sir John Tenniel is well known as the original illustrator, the book has been reinterpreted by hundreds of artists, including Blanche McManus, Arthur Rackham, A.E. Jackson, Ralph Steadman, Barry Moser, Tove Jansson, and Lisbeth Zwerger.

Featuring items from RBSC’s Alice 100 Collection, the exhibition showcases the many illustrated editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. One of the most famous artists on display is Salvador Dalí. Published in 1969, the Dalí Alice contains original woodcut remarques in a linen and leather case. Other highlights include the 1866 first edition of Alice illustrated by John Tenniel, a nineteenth century facsimile of Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript, and a calf-bound set that bears Alice Hargreaves’ signature.

The Illustrated Alice is on display at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections on the first and second floors of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from October 6 through October 31, 2015, and can be viewed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning October 17, RBSC will also be open Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at (604) 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

 

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Chelsea S.

Posted on October 8, 2015 @11:10 am by cshriver

Name
Chelsea S.
Dear Mr. Potter
I remember going to pick up my pre-ordered copy of “Deathly Hallows” and smiling at all of the people I passed who also had the book under their arms as I walked home. I spent the day reading on a sunny porch until I had to leave to pick up a friend from the airport. Sitting in my car in the parking lot, I read some more, hoping the plane would be delayed and wondering why I hadn’t planned this visit better! Luckily, jet lag meant that an afternoon nap was in order, and I finished the book, trying hard not to cry too loudly, while my friend snored on the couch. I’ve been so proud and happy to be part of this amazing community, one that continues to flourish long after the last page has been read.
Hogwarts’ House
Hufflepuff
Post Category
Harry Potter Stories

 

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“Dear Mr. Potter…with love from the Rain City”

Posted on October 8, 2015 @9:58 am by cshriver

Image of Ashlyn fan art

Harry Potter fan art by native Vancouverite and children’s book author, Ashlyn Anstee

We are delighted to announce a new exhibition curated by Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library, Harry Potter and the Rain City!

The exhibition spans three UBC’s library branches and features books from the Harry Potter series that have been newly added to the RBSC collection, as well as stories and memorabilia from Vancouver-area people and businesses most deeply impacted by the series.

Now we want you to share your Harry Potter story with other fans across Vancouver, British Columbia, and the world! How has the Harry Potter series impacted and inspired you? What are some of your best Harry Potter memories? What has Harry Potter and the Potter fandom meant to you? What would you say to Mr. Potter (or his creator, J. K. Rowling) if you had the chance? Submissions will be posted to the RBSC blog as new content is received.

The exhibition Harry Potter and the Rain City is free and open to the public, with locations at the David Lam Library (2nd floor), Koerner Library (3rd floor), and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Ridington Room (3rd floor). For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at 604 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

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New exhibition: Harry Potter and the Rain City

Posted on February 28, 2017 @2:38 pm by cshriver

Image of Quidditich and Beasts

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” with an original watercolour drawing by artist Jason Cockroft as a frontispiece, and “Quidditch Through the Ages.”

We are delighted to announce a new exhibition curated by Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library, Harry Potter and the Rain City!

Vancouver enjoys a number of profound and surprising connections to the beloved Harry Potter book series. Kidsbooks in Vancouver was the first Canadian bookstore to carry Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. UBC’s Quidditch club was the only Canadian team represented at the last Quidditch World Cup. The original Canadian editions of the series were published by a Vancouver company, Raincoast Books. And, Larry Campbell, the former mayor of Vancouver once donned robes and played the part of Professor Dumbledore at a Harry Potter midnight release party.

Now UBC Library celebrates the legacy of the series and Vancouver’s special relationship with “the boy who lived” with Harry Potter and the Rain City, an exhibition spanning three different Library branches. The exhibition features books from the Harry Potter series that have been newly added to UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, as well as stories and memorabilia from Vancouver-area people and businesses most deeply impacted by the series. Learn more about the exhibition and related events here!

Visit the exhibition, which is free and open to the public, from October 6 to December 11, 2015 at the following locations:

  • David Lam Library (Level 2), 2033 Main Mall
  • Koerner Library (Level 3), 1958 Main Mall
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (Ridington Room), 1961 E Mall, UBC

For more information, please contact Rare Books and Special Collections at 604 822-2521 or rare.books@ubc.ca.

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Silent Book Exhibition

Posted on February 28, 2017 @2:39 pm by cshriver

Image of IBBY exhibition posterRare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library is proud to host a new exhibition, The Right of Every Child to Become a Reader, sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

In response to the waves of refugees from Africa and the Middle East arriving in the Italian island, Lampedusa, IBBY launched the project “Silent Books, from the world to Lampedusa and back” in 2012. The project involved creating the first library on Lampedusa to be used by local and immigrant children. The organization went on to select a collection of silent books (wordless picture books) that could be understood and enjoyed by children regardless of language. These books were collected from IBBY National Sections, over one hundred books from over twenty countries.

Now IBBY has organized a traveling exhibition with stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto. A collection of wordless picture books from around the world, curated by local illustrator, author, and teacher Kathryn Shoemaker, will be on display at Rare Books and Special Collections from October 1-23, 2015. Learn more about the traveling exhibition here!

The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rare Books and Special Collections on the first floor of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

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Book Blogs: Flatland

Posted on August 28, 2015 @3:28 pm by cshriver

A second edition of "Flatland," published in 1884.

A second edition of “Flatland,” published in 1884.

A multifaceted, multidimensional, multimedia book blog for you today.

This is the ninth in a series of blog posts that celebrate the “Book Blogs” created by students in Professor Siân Echard’s “The History of the Book” course during the spring 2015 term. For this assignment, students in the class were asked to choose an item (book or otherwise) from RBSC, research its history, and introduce it to a public audience through a blog or wiki.

Caprice Pybus discovered a second edition of Edwin A. Abbott’s novel Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions in Rare Books and Special Collections, and began to explore the ways it has been appropriated by artists, students, and publishers, leading to the creation of a journal, a twitter handle, and a fascinating blog.

https://romanticdimensions.wordpress.com/

Enjoy the weekend!

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Book Blogs: Lady Mary’s Turkish Embassy Letters

Posted on August 24, 2015 @9:33 am by cshriver

Image of Lady Mary’s Letters

Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M–y W—y M—-e

We have a real book blog treat for you this Monday morning. A well-researched, stylish blog about the incomparable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (also know as “Lady President”) and her Turkish Embassy Letters.

This is the eight in a series of blog posts that celebrate the “Book Blogs” created by students in Professor Siân Echard’s “The History of the Book” course during the spring 2015 term. For this assignment, students in the class were asked to choose an item (book or otherwise) from RBSC, research its history, and introduce it to a public audience through a blog or wiki.

Fatima Hamado has done a beautiful job with her book blog, providing biographical background on Lady Mary and thoughtfully discussing the Turkish Embassy Letters and their place within the social and cultural contexts surrounding them, as well as taking a close look at RBSC’s particular copy.

http://thefemaletraveller.weebly.com/

I hope you enjoy this terrific read!

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RBSC has what?!

Posted on August 20, 2015 @10:23 am by cshriver

Image of a Cuneiform tablets

Receipt by a temple official of “one sheep and one lamb on the thirteenth day of the month” for rent.

When I introduce folks to our collections here at RBSC, I love to pull out some materials that might be considered more obscure or outside of our usual collecting area, just to hear people say, “I can’t believe we have that right here at UBC!” Possibly the objects that get the biggest reaction are our cuneiform tablets. That’s right, we have five cuneiform tablets, each one small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Recently, our good friends over at UBC Library’s Digitization Centre, in collaboration with the From Stone to Screen project, have digitized our tablets so that they can be studied from anywhere in the world. DI has also published a very interesting blog post about the history of the tablets and the complicated matter of determining their provenance. Enjoy, and the next time you stick a receipt in your wallet, think about what people 4,000 years in the future might make of it!

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Book Blogs: The Edwardians

Posted on February 28, 2017 @2:39 pm by cshriver

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Note from Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West

We have a highly literary book blog post for you all today!

This is the seventh in a series of blog posts that celebrate the “Book Blogs” created by students in Professor Siân Echard’s “The History of the Book” course during the spring 2015 term. For this assignment, students in the class were asked to choose an item (book or otherwise) from RBSC, research its history, and introduce it to a public audience through a blog or wiki.

Rebecca Sheppard dives into our world renowned Norman Colbeck Collection of nineteenth-century and Edwardian poetry and belles-lettres, and comes up with a breezy and complimentary note written by Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West, the author of The Edwardians.

http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:ENGL419/Books/The_Edwardians

The novel saw a great deal of success for having been written as a “joke” by an author who hoped that “everybody will be seriously annoyed” by it. Rebecca’s wiki discusses Sackville-West, The Edwardians, and other works published by The Hogarth Press. Enjoy!

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Book Blogs: Educational Books of New England

Posted on August 7, 2015 @11:32 am by cshriver

Image of school primer.

Bad boys, bad boys. What’cha gonna do? Apparently fall out of a tree.

Believe it or not, the beginning of the new school year is fast approaching! To start getting into the proper mindset, this week we have an education-themed book blog post.

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts that celebrate the “Book Blogs” created by students in Professor Siân Echard’s “The History of the Book” course during the spring 2015 term. For this assignment, students in the class were asked to choose an item (book or otherwise) from RBSC, research its history, and introduce it to a public audience through a blog or wiki.

Liam Scanlon’s wiki takes a look at a number of books in RBSC’s historical textbook collection to explore changes in education and expectations of childhood.

http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:Kids_Books_of_New_England

Thankfully, children’s books and school books today are a little less grim and, ah, stringent, than they have been in the past.

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