- natalie [dot] waters [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Natalie Waters) 514-398-1204
- Acting Head Lbrarian
- Main floor, Room 203
- robert [dot] selby [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Robert Selby) 514-398-4409
- Library Supervisor, Building Director
Main floor, Loans Dept.
Life Sciences Librarians
- daniel [dot] boyer [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Daniel Boyer) 514-398-4715 ext. #00156
- Interim Associate Dean, User Services, McGill University Library
- maryvon [dot] cote [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Maryvon Côté) 514-398-4715 ext. #0354
- Acting Head Librarian, Nahum Gelber Law Library
richard [dot] virr [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Richard Virr) 514-398-4708
Head and Curator of Manuscripts
The collection contains a variety of materials documenting French history and literature. There are a number of fragments of early French literary texts including two leaves from a copy of the "Chevalier du Cygne" dated c. 1300. There is a copy dated c. 1660 of the "Receul [sic] des actes de tous les Sinodes Nationnaux...au Royaume de France", 1559-1660. There are also six volumes of "Extracts concernant les Antiquités Françaises" by Jean Baptiste de la Curne de Sainte Palaye (1768) and a copy of Henri de Boulainvilliers "Essay de metaphysique dans le principe de B*** de Spinosa" (c.
The collection was donated to the library in 1981 by the family of the collector, the late Joe Fishstein of New York City. It is composed primarily of twentieth century Yiddish belles-lettres, poetry and criticism. While there are many standard works in the collection, there are, as well, many rare pre-World War II East European imprints. There are also scrapbooks of photographs and postcards. The collection includes some 2500 monographs and 200 serials. Most of the volumes have mac-tac bindings made by Fishstein.
The collection of Crébillon fils (1701-1777) was acquired from a private collector in 1995. To this were added some titles and editions already held by Rare Books. The collection includes over sixty editions of Crébillon's various books, many of which are quite scarce. The collection is particularly rich in variants. For example, Le Sopha is present in three distinct issues of the first edition of 1742 as well as a separate edition of the same year. There is also an unrecorded 1782 edition of Le Sopha.
The collection was established in 1953, the nucleus being the two hundred and fifty items donated by Dr. Lawrence Lande. It has been added to regularly. The collection includes first, early and variant editions of William Blake's literary works and his illustrations for books by Blair (The Grave), Young (Night Thoughts) and others. As well, there are facsimiles of Blake's coloured works; original engravings by Blake and his school; and editions of works by his friends and followers such as Fuseli, Palmer and Calvert. There is also modern criticism of Blake.