Rare books and various other printed
or manuscript materials covering a wide variety of areas are
held in Archives & Special Collections. The collection numbers
approximately 30,000 volumes and is constantly expanding.
The most remarkable assembly of rare materials is in the The
Dysart Memorial Collection of Rare Books & Manuscripts:
it includes nine manuscripts, sixteen incunabula, twenty-six
16th century imprints, and some outstanding examples of 19th/20th
century fine press printing.
The Saint John's College Rare Book Collection is housed in the
Rare Book Vault, & contains, among many fine bibles, religious
and missionary texts, one of only five known copies of Tudeschi's
ca. 1438 manuscript
Lectura in Decretales.
Two unique Slavic manuscripts, the early 15th century Pomianyk
of Horodyshche & the
18th century Psalterium
Winnipegense Cyrillicum, were
donated by Professor Rudnickij.
Further subject strengths of the Rare Book Collection are in Canadiana,
particularly in Canadian Prairie literature, with, among
others, the Ralph Connor, Frederick Philip Grove,
and Dorothy Livesay collections. Works on the social
history, immigration, and agricultural development of
western Canada, early Arctic exploration, and the search
for the North-West Passage, including first editions of John
Palliser, Alexander Mackenzie, Henry Youle Hind, John Franklin,
James Cook, John J. Bigsby, George Heriot and scores of other
explorers, pioneers, and settlers, are also well represented
in the collections.
Other major holdings include early native language syllabics, church
history and philosophy, Bibles, including the 1611 King James Bible, English literature with
extensive Swift, Rudyard Kipling and Earnest Hemmingway clusters,
and some early 20th century children's literature.
Several private libraries of outstanding research value
have been donated to the University of Manitoba Libraries in recent
years and have been largely incorporated into the rare book collection.
Books of note within the Rare Book Vault:
An outstanding collection of late medieval manuscripts,
incunabula and early printed books from such well known
early printers as Aldus Manutius, Johannes Bamler, Nicholas
Jenson, and Anton Koberger. Also includes some 19th/20th
century private presses.
We have many great examples of the work of this
turn of the century, influential Glasgow book designer within
the Rare Book collection.
The Frederick Philip
Grove Library Collection [ca. 5oo Books] & FPG
(Greve/Grove) Translations Collection [ca. 60 books],
the Bertram Brooker-, Judge Roy St. George Stubbs-,
Andrew Taylor-, Charles and Elizabeth Bigelow-, and W.S.
Neal Library Collections.
from the Rare Book Collections