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How It’s Made: Medieval Manuscripts

In honour of our new exhibition, Papal Parchments and Blackletter Books, here’s a lesson on how medieval manuscripts were made, courtesy of the exhibition’s curator and a student in UBC’s School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, Robert Makinson.  How Manuscripts Are Made Manuscript leaves are usually made from vellum, a term denoting calfskin; other […]

New exhibition: Papal Parchments and Blackletter Books

Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library announces a new exhibition! Papal Parchments and Blackletter Books: How the Middle Ages Shaped the Way We Read, 1245 AD to UBC This fascinating exhibition tells the medieval and early modern story of the written word using RBSC’s fantastic collection. Two recent acquisitions are of particular note: […]

Views of Yokohama Exhibition

An exhibition of Yokohama woodcut maps from the Tokugawa period is on display at Rare Books and Special Collections from April 1st to 30th, 2015.  This exhibition is part of a series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vancouver’s sister-city relationship with Yokohama. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and […]

Papal bull media roundup

More excitement at RBSC over the last few weeks! An extraordinary Papal document that’s nearly 800 years old has come to UBC Library and promises to be a valuable teaching and research tool. The legal decree, called a Papal bull, was written in 1245 and issued in Latin by Pope Innocent IV to the Italian […]

Des Grieux : The Prelude to "Teleny"

Teleny and Des Grieux media roundup

It’s been exciting times here at Rare Books and Collections! With the help of PhD candidate Justin O’Hearn, RBSC has scored a coup by acquiring two exceptional examples of early gay literature, Teleny, or, The Reverse of the Medal and Des Grieux: The Prelude to “Teleny,” that share a connection with famed Victorian author Oscar […]

Oscar Wilde Exhibition

Oscar Wilde Exhibition

A new exhibition is on display this month at Rare Books at Special Collections, featuring rare publications of works by Oscar Wilde: “That mighty love which maddens one to crime,” Teleny, Oscar Wilde, and Decadent Publishing in the 1890s This exhibition will be on display until January 31, 2014, and is free and open to […]