The Dysart Memorial Collection of Rare Books & Manuscripts: Virtual Exhibition
Dysart Item No.7: "The Carnerius Code: Deciphering the Padua Diploma of 1684"
by Betty Braaksma (Power Point)
Dysart Item No.22: "Sebastian Brant's Narrenschiff / Ship of Fools (1498 Latin ed.)"
by Gaby Divay (Power-Point, 46 slides), for LCMND 50th ANNIVERSARY CONFERERENCE, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 [rev. & enl. ed. forthcoming in: LCMND e-Journal]
"The Dysart Memorial Collection of manuscripts, rare books, and private press editions was given to the University Libraries at the official opening of the new building (later named the Elizabeth Dafoe Library) in 1953. This important gift was presented in honor of Mr. Justice Andrew Knox Dysart, the fourth Chancellor of the University, who had died during the previous year. Funds for the acquisition of the collection were provided by the Manitoba Brewers' and Hotelmen's Welfare Fund.
Selection of the books and manuscripts in this choice collection was apparently made by Dr. A.H.S. Gillson, President of the University from 1948 until his death in 1954. Dr. Gillson was a remarkable man who bridged two cultures. His academic career was in the field of mathematical physics, but he was also a discriminating connoisseur of the visual arts who served for a time as national chairman of the Federation of Canadian Artists and as president of the Canadian Arts Council. The high quality of the Dysart collection bears witness to the soundness of Dr. Gillson's judgment with respect to the history of printing and the art of the book.
The Dysart Collection consists of nine manuscripts and sixty books, representative of the best book arts of scribes, printers, and illustrators over a span of six hundred years. Two-thirds of the collection, however, dates from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Among the richly illuminated manuscripts are two antiphonaries, an early psalter, a handsome fifteenth century "edition" of Caesar's commentaries, and two official documents issued by Philip II of Spain.
PREFACE / W. Royce Butler, Professor of Bibliography and Director of Libraries