Exhibit: Passion Pursued with Discipline: Prints Collection of Thomas W. Mussen

Detail from exhibit poster
An exhibition in Rare Books and Special Collections


McLennan Library Building : 4th floor,  3459 rue McTavish Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 0C9

Curated by Svetlana Kochkina, Liaison Librarian, Nahum Gelber Law Library, McGill University.

From May-September 2013

Reverend Thomas W. Mussen (1832-1901), former McGill student, was a man of culture and erudition, who possessed a large collection of early printed books, roman coins, and old master prints that he gathered through great diligence and economy. His final wish was that his collection be given to McGill University.

In 1919, the major part of Mussen’s collection was donated to the McGill Library by his widow and daughter. The collection reflects the professional and intellectual interests of its former owner, an Anglican rector with a deep interest in history and art, with four major themes: “Christianity, Bible”, “Holy Family”, “Ancient History/ Mythology”, and “Nature, Landscapes.”

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