On 15 December 1853, William Henry Pearson took up a new and oddly macabre hobby. In a hardcover notebook he would write out his first entry under the auspicious title: "Dates of the decease of those who are my friends, or with whom I was… Read the full post.
Through the Revolving Door: Fisher Blog
Whether familiar and long-established or decorative and experimental, typographical treasures are bound to be discovered across a wide range of rare book materials. A great place to start exploring and identifying printed typefaces as well as… Read the full post.
A night out on the town in Toronto is ephemeral by its very nature. After the lights at a dance club come on, a restaurant closes its doors, or a dinner party breaks up, the event inevitably fades from memory and from the historical record. There… Read the full post.
March 6 marks the 187th birthday of the City of Toronto. To celebrate, the Fisher staff have gone through our collections and picked some items to highlight some of the richness of the material related to this great city. We will post these… Read the full post.
Pulp fiction books hold an important place in special collections libraries. As a genre, pulps were initially marketed in the United States to adult audiences with a combination of eye-catching covers, low prices, and racy story lines. The genre… Read the full post.
Yellowback books, named for their yellow covers, originated in England during the latter half of the 19th century. These books were often referred to as “railway novels” because they were frequently sold at train stations when early publishers… Read the full post.
Starting next Friday, we will be featuring a series of posts on the subject of categories of rare books commonly found in special collections libraries. The posts will showcase the work of graduate students in the fall session of the… Read the full post.
Back in 1992, when I was a student in Belgium, I spent Christmas in Salzburg, Austria. It was one of the most perfectly disorienting holidays I had ever experienced. I distinctly remember going to a concert on the afternoon of Christmas Eve in… Read the full post.
There is a sad feeling when exhibitions at Fisher are taken down after their usual three-month run to make room for the next one. That said, the current year notwithstanding, our cases are never empty for long. The exhibitions themselves also… Read the full post.
Every November 11th, we pause and remember the sacrifice of those who fought and died in defence of this country. This year we acknowledge the 106th anniversary of the onset of the First World War (1914-1918). Due to the… Read the full post.
Every week the Fisher Library highlights a book from its digitized collections on the Internet Archive, which is open to anyone and great to explore. This week, Rachael takes a look at an item from our Canadiana Collection.
“History of… Read the full post.
Every Monday the Fisher highlights its holdings on the Internet Archive. This week Rachael presents a lovely piece from the Biodiversity Collection.
“I’ve watch’d you now a full half-hour
Self-poised upon that yellow flower;
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