Exhibition | What’s your call number?: A Valentine’s Day display

Monday, February 5, 2018toFriday, March 2, 2018
McLennan Library Building 4th floor lobby, 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA

Ah, Valentine’s Day; a celebration of love, passion and devotion. For the occasion, Rare Books and Special Collections is displaying its most fitting materials from several of its eclectic collections.

Items on display include:

From the Sheila R. Bourke Children’s Collection:

•         The quiver of love: a collection of valentines ancient and modern, with illustrations by Walter Crane, printed in 1876.   

From the William Colgate History of Printing Collection:

•         The Bridal Souvenir, illuminated by Samuel Stanesby, printed in 1857.

From the Cookbook Collection:

•         Favourite cocoa and chocolate recipes by Mary Moore, printed for Fry-Cadbury in 1900.

From the AV Archival Collection:

•         A cassette recording of a talk given by distinguished erotica writer Anaïs Nin at McGill University in 1973.

From the Print Collection:

•         Six Valentine's Day cards that illustrate the harsh realities of love by Montreal Star cartoonist Arthur George Racey, printed in 1924.

Also are display are:

•         A 1765 Eustache Le Noble matrimonial map.

•         Several uncatalogued Victorian era greeting cards. Rare Books has a very large greeting card collection with hundreds, if not thousands of cards from the 19th and 20th centuries.

•         Six early Harlequin novels. Rare Books has a collection of 655 Harlequin paperbacks. Not many people know that they started out with mysteries before romance and that they are Canadian.

•         Illustrations of the human heart found in 17th and 18th century books from the Osler Library of the History of Medicine.

•         Wedding photos from the McGill University Archives, featuring Birks Chapel.

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