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A Hyakumanto Dharani – among the earliest surviving examples of printed text

In 1968, McGill acquired a copy of the Hyakumanto Dhāraṇī (百萬塔陀羅尼經), one of the earliest surviving examples of printed text, along with the miniature wooden pagoda within which it was stored more than a thousand years ago. A dhāraṇī can be described as a charm used

Small wonders tell big stories at Rare Books & Special Collections

La version française suit By Elis Ing, Liaison Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections Before delving into the trove of tiny books at McGill’s Rare Books & Special Collections, it’s worth asking a few questions. To start with, how tiny

And though she be but little, she is fierce: Miniature engravings of musical instruments in Shakespeare by Gerard Brender à Brandis

Figure 3: Gerard Brender à Brandis, Tambourine, Positive Organ, Bells, and Hornpipe, from the series Concord of Sweet Sounds: Musical Instruments in Shakespeare, 2006-2009, hand-tinted wood engravings, 40 x 35 cm (mat). Visual Arts Collection, McGill University Library 2018-020.13-020.16.

La version française suit By Vanessa Di Francesco, Assistant Curator, McGill Visual Arts Collection Tiny is trending, big time. From micro-homes and minimalist design to microbreweries and small-batch production, the downsizing wave is cresting. But tiny has always been trendy,

A rainbow of microscopic specimens in McGill University Archives

La version française suit By Frédéric Giuliano, Archivist, McGill University Archives What is the first image that comes to mind when you think of the word “archive”? A dusty old yellowish manuscript paper or maybe a box of old black

A tiny window into Montreal’s role in the history of reproductive health

Ortho 1 Lapel Pins

La version française suit By Mary Yearl, Head Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine Among the recent arrivals at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine is a set of three lapel pins decorated with an accurately

Many Women, Many Voices; Stories from McGill Collections

Guest Contribution by Hannah Deskin. ROAAr launched its recent book Many Women, Many Voices; Stories from McGill Collections with a fanfare, a successful sale, and an excellent turnout on November 8th.  ROAAr–that is the Rare Books & Special Collections, the Osler Library of the

McGill at War: Commemorating the Centenary of the End of the First World War

This exhibition commemorates the centenary of the armistice of November 11, 1918, which saw the end of a war which profoundly marked the bodies, minds, and spirits of those who experienced it, both in and out of uniform. The First

Charles Taylor and Expressive Individualism in McGill University Archives

Since the publication of The Explanation of Behaviour in the mid-1960s, Charles Taylor has written on everything from philosophy of mind and language to secularism, multiculturalism, democracy, and identity.  His magnum opus, Sources of the Self, marked his nearly thirty

Book annotations as witness to the Dutch influence in Japan during the Edo period

        During the Edo period, from the mid-17th to the mid-19th century, Japan adopted an isolationist policy. At this time, the only Westerners allowed access to the country were the Dutch, who were permitted to trade from

From the Beagle to the Bookshelf: Darwin at McGill Library

A ROAAring congratulations to McGill biologist Dr. Ehab Abouheif and his team of researchers on their study of ants, which led to the discovery of a solution to an evolutionary conundrum that made Charles Darwin question his own theory of

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