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Journey to the Rare Books Library

Journey to the Rare Books Library

Last week I finally did something that I’ve been meaning to do for the last 2.5 years, I went to Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and was amazed at how awesome it was. Since first year I’ve been telling myself that I was going to go there just as soon as I finished all my readings and essays or maybe after exams but it never happened… until now!

I checked out the current exhibition, Vesalius at 500, and really enjoyed the history of it (although the science aspects were totally lost on this arts student). The day before I went I had requested a book to be taken out of the stacks so that I could look at it (a first edition of Les Misérables) so I then went down to the reading room and geeked out a little (a lot).

I’m totally going back in September to see the next exhibit, Fierce Imaginings: text and image in First World War literature.

Check out the pictures and scans that I took while I was there

behold! the entrance to a magical place of wonders!
behold! the entrance to a magical place of wonders!
LOOK AT ALL THE BOOKS!
LOOK AT ALL THE BOOKS!
MORE BOOKS
MORE BOOKS (ps. sorry for the shaky images, it’s pretty dim in there and I didn’t have a tripod)
Part of the "Vesalius at 500" exhibition currently on.
Part of the “Vesalius at 500” exhibition currently on.
Les Misérables is my favourite book  (I'm not ashamed to admit I have three copies of it because they're all different translations... so if you see any at any used book stores or the used book sales on campus this fall tell me so I can buy more!). I was very very very excited to look through this first edition of it! 10 beautiful volumes of it.
Les Misérables is my favourite book ( I have three copies of it and refuse to admit I have a problem… so if you see any at any used book stores or the used book sales on campus this fall tell me so I can buy more copies of it). I was very very very excited to look through this first edition of it! 10 beautiful volumes of it.
Here's the giant scanner that lets you scan pages of books. Obviously I had to scan the title page of my favourite (/saddest) chapeter in Les Mis, even if I can't read it..
Here’s the giant scanner that lets you scan pages of books. Obviously I had to scan the first page of my favourite (/saddest) chapter in Les Mis, even if I can’t read it.
so mr. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, you wouldn't object to me stringing up a hammock and living here right? No? great!
so mr. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, you wouldn’t object to me stringing up a hammock and living here right? No? Great!

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