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The McGill Library Rare Books and Special Collections began collecting rare materials in the 1850s, and through gift and purchase the holdings now constitute rich and highly diverse research collections. The humanities and social sciences and in particular art and architecture, Canadiana, history, literature, the history of ideas (philosophy and religion), travel and exploration, and the history of the book form the core of the collection. More information can be found on the library’s website h...



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471 pages : maps (some folded) ; 23 cm
Topics: Middle East -- History -- 19th century., Nationalism -- Middle East., World War, 1914-1918 --...
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by Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art. Canadian Architecture Collection; Žantovská Murray, Irena, 1946-
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xix, 494 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Topics: Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art. -- Canadian Architecture Collection --...
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by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
24, [2], [2], 24 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
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Topics: Cooking., Cooking, Canadian., Flour., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook...
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by Nicholas, of Cusa, Cardinal, 1401-1464
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xliv, 189 pages, 1 leaf illustrations (diagrams) 22 cm
Topics: Mysticism., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books and Special Collections - Raymond...
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by Kraus Reprint,
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Vol. 15, no. 5-6, May-July, 1935, not published
Topics: Germany -- Intellectual life -- Periodicals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Der...
McGill University Library
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32 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Topics: Health -- Popular works., Nutrition -- Popular works., Cooking., Home economics., Patent...
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by Standard Brands Limited
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50 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm
Topics: Bread., Cake., Cooking., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection, Bread,...
303 pages, iv. : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Topics: Actors., Theater -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal -- History., Théâtre -- Québec...
162 pages illustrations, maps (some color) portraits 45 cm
Topics: Prince Edward Island -- Maps., Real property -- Prince Edward Island -- Maps., Prince Edward Island...
426 pages, [1] leaf of plates : 1 portrait ; 23 cm
Topics: Tanner, John, -- 1780?-1847., Indian captivities -- North America., Indians of North America --...
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83, [1] pages : frontispiece, plates ; 22 cm
Topics: Photography -- Caricatures and cartoons., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Photography
viii, 111, [1] ciii, [1] pages : frontispiece, portraits, folded facsimile ; 28 cm
Topics: Ethnology -- Australia -- Victoria., Australian languages., McGill University Library Digitized...
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by Family Herald and Weekly Star,
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217, vii pages, [10] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Topics: Cooking, Canadian., Cooking., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection,...
460 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm
Topics: Cooking., Games., Home economics., Formulas, recipes, etc., Housekeeping., McGill University...
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723 pages illustrations 27 cm
Topics: Occultism -- Dictionaries -- French., Magic -- Dictionaries -- French., Superstition --...
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by Catholic Church, issuing body.
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1 folio ; 55 x 38 cm
Topics: Catholic Church -- Liturgy., Gregorian chants., Antiphonaries., Music -- Manuscripts., Manuscripts,...
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by Wünsch, Richard, 1869-1915
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xxxii, 52 : facsimile ; 40 cm.
Topics: Inscriptions, Greek -- Attica., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Humanities and Social...
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514 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
Topics: Tristan, Flora, -- 1803-1844., Working class -- France., McGill University Library Digitized Title,...
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3 v. : ill., plans ; 23 cm.
Topics: McGill University Library Digitized Title, Calendar of the University of McGill College, Montreal.,...
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by Canada Starch Company
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128 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Topics: Cooking, Canadian., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection, Cooking,...
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by Straet, Jan van der, 1523-1605
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[34] pages, 42, 42 leaves of plates : illustrations, facsimiles ; 50 cm
Topics: Straet, Jan van der, -- 1523-1605., Dante Alighieri, -- 1265-1321 -- Illustrations., McGill...
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by Greenhill, George, 1766 or 1767-1851, bookseller
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8 v. in 1 ; 17 cm
Topics: Almanacs, English -- England -- 18th century., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Almanacs,...
127 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Topics: Cooking., Cooking, Canadian., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection,...
40 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 18 cm
Topics: Desserts., Bread., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection, Desserts, Bread
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by Family Herald and Weekly Star,
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vii, 213 pages, [10] leaves plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Topics: Cooking., Cooking, Canadian., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection,...
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348 leaves 19 cm
Topics: Medicine -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions., Pharmacy -- Early works to 1800., Formulas,...
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224 pages ; 15 cm
Topics: Great Britain -- Registers., Jamaica -- Registers., McGill University Library Digitized Title,...
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by Ford, H. J. (Henry Justice), 1860-1941. ill; Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912. edt; Longmans, Green, and Co. pbl; Spottiswoode & Co. prt
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xvi, 424 pages, [33] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 19 cm
Topics: Storytelling -- Juvenile fiction., Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction., Conduct of...
[16], 237, [11] pages, [26] leaves of plates (4 folded) : illustrations, maps ; 32 cm
Topics: China -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800., China -- Social life and customs -- Early...
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by Ferguson, John C. (John Calvin), 1866-1945
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ix, 199 pages plates (some color) portrait 28 cm
Topics: Painting, Chinese., Painting -- China -- History., Painters -- China., McGill University Library...
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by Ben-Yaʻaḳov, 1889-1929
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100 pages
Topics: Yiddish literature -- Periodicals., Yiddish literature -- History and criticism -- Periodicals.,...
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by Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939
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xvi, 656 pages 23 cm.
Topics: Sex., Sexual Behavior., Sexual Behavior -- ethics., Sex Education., Love., Sex Work., Marriage.,...
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by Flaxman, John, 1755-1826
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1 preliminary leaf, 110 plates 21 x 28 cm
Topics: Dante Alighieri, -- 1265-1321 -- Iconography., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare...
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by Martin, Virginia
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[2], 22 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Topics: Cooking (Mustard), Salads., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection, Salads
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by Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art. Canadian Architecture Collection; Žantovská Murray, Irena, 1946-
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271 pages : plans ; 28 cm
Topics: Nobbs, Percy E. -- (Percy Erskine), -- 1875-1964 -- Archives -- Catalogs., Blackader-Lauterman...
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by Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art. Canadian Architecture Collection; Žantovská Murray, Irena, 1946-; Miller, Deborah, 1960-
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xxxiii, 184 p. : ill., port. ; 28 cm.
Topics: Bülow-Hübe, Sigrun, -- 1913-1994 -- Archives -- Catalogs., Blackader-Lauterman Library of...
McGill University Library
by Morrisey, Louise Lane; Sweeney, Marion Lane, author; Club of Odd Volumes
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x, 215 pages 21 cm
Topics: Cooking, American., Gastronomy., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cooking, American,...
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by Zylbercweig, Zalmen, 1894-1972
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159 pages ; 18 cm
Topics: Jewish actors., Jewish theater., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books and Special...
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by St. Andrew's Church (Huntingdon, Québec)
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[6], 145, [1] pages ; 17 cm
Topics: Cooking, Canadian., Cooking -- Québec (Province) -- Huntingdon., McGill University Library...
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by Jerdon, T. C. (Thomas Claverhill), 1811-1872
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5 volumes
Topics: Birds -- India., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books and Special Collections -...
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by March, Janet, 1903-1995, author
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188 unnumbered pages ; 25 cm
Topics: Cooking, Canadian., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books/Special Collections -...
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by Sainte-Marie Edith, soeur; Ecole ménagère provinciale
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xvi, 336 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Topics: Cooking, French-Canadian., Cooking, Canadian., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook...
1 broadside : illustrations ; 49 x 36 cm
Topics: Printing -- Specimens., Caxton, William, -- approximately 1422-1491 or 1492., Worde, Wynkyn de, --...
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by Meyerfield, Otto, -1934; Kunsthaus Lempertz; Kunsthaus Lempertz. Math. Lempertz'sche Kunstversteigerung ; 391.
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43 pages, 26 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Topics: Meyerfield, Otto, -- -1934 -- Art collections -- Catalogs., Painting, German -- 19th century --...
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vi, 116 pages 18 cm
Topics: Cooking., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cooking
Rare Books and Special Collections
by MacDonald, Goodridge, 1897-1967
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12 pages ; 20 cm.
Topics: Canadian poetry., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Ryerson poetry chap books, Canadian...
4 volumes
Topics: Zoological illustration., Birds -- Santo Domingo -- Pictorial works., Watercolor painting., McGill...
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by al-Kātib al-Baghdādī, Ibrāhīm b. 'Abd al-Jabbār, active 15th century, author
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14 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 38 x 26 cm
Topics: Natural history -- Pre-Linnean works., Encyclopedias and dictionaries -- To 1600., Encyclopedias...
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by Abū al-Muẓaffar ibn Ardashīr ibn Kayqubād, active 12th century, author; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, former owner; Muḥammad 'Alī al-Z̤ārī, transcriber
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46 unnumbered pages [ff. 23] ; 18 x 10 cm
Topics: Medicine -- Early works to 1800., Medicine, Arab., Magic -- Early works to 1800., Alchemy -- Early...
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2 volumes : illustrations (some color) ; 53 cm
Topics: Armenia (Republic) -- Description and travel., Iran -- Description and travel., Iraq -- Description...
2 v. : illustrations (some folded), maps (some folded) ; 20 cm
Topics: Canada -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800., Canada -- History -- To 1763 (New France)...
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by Grosse Kunstausstellung Düsseldorf (1922)
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130, xxxvi pages, 64 pages of plates : illustrations, plan ; 16 cm
Topics: Art, German -- Germany -- Düsseldorf -- Exhibitions., Art -- Germany -- Düsseldorf --...
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by Muḥammad Quṭb al-Dīn , translator.; McGill University. Institute of Islamic Studies. Library. Manuscript (179th)
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volumes 2 ; approximately 600 pages
Topics: Qurʼan -- Commentaries., Manuscripts, Urdu -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal., Coran --...
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by Greenaway, Kate, 1846-1901
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80 pages color frontispiece, color illustrations 15 x 12 cm
Topics: Flower language., Flowers in literature., Children's poetry -- 1885., McGill University Library...
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by Allemagne, Henry René d', 1863-1950
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2 volumes : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, portraits, plans ; 33 cm
Topics: Cards -- History., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Saul Shapiro Collection of...
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by Church of Our Father (Universalist) (North Hatley, Québec). Ladies' Aid Society, author
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72 pages, 2 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Topics: Cooking, Canadian., Business enterprises -- Québec (Province) -- North Hatley -- Directories.,...
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by Buckley, Arabella B. (Arabella Burton), 1840-1929; Robertson, W. J. (William John), 1846-; Robertson, W. J. (William John), 1846- History of Canada
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xxxviii, 427 pages, [9] leaves of plates : genealogical tables, maps (some color) ; 19 cm.
Topics: Great Britain -- History., Canada -- History., McGill University Library Digitized Title
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by Corbin, Henry; Nasr, Seyyed Hossein; McGill University. Institute of Islamic Studies. Tehran Branch; Dānishgāh-i Tihrān; Anjuman-i Shāhanshāhī-i Falsafah-ʼi Īrān
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xxxii, 702, 179, 21 pages, [9] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Topics: Corbin, Henry., Corbin, Henry, -- -1978., Islam -- Doctrines., Sufism., McGill University Library...
53 unnumbered leaves : illustrations ; 22 cm
Topics: Lovell and Gibson., Printing -- Specimens., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Patrick, Symon, Bp. of Ely, 1626-1707; Lowth, William, 1660-1732; Arnald, Richard, 1700-1756; Whitby, Daniel, 1638-1726
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7 volumes : map, portraits ; 28 cm
Topics: Bible -- Commentaries., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Bible
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vi unnumbered preliminary pages, 17 numbered pages, 126 blank pages ; 24 cm
Topics: Cookbooks -- England -- Doncaster -- 19th century., Medicine -- England -- Doncaster -- Formulae,...
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by Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731.
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volumes 24 cm
Topics: Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1702-1714 -- Periodicals., Periodicals -- England.,...
McGill University Library
by Allen, Elaine
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288 pages, 4 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Topics: Cooking, American., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books and Special Collections -...
[16], 222 p., [6] folded leaves of plates : ill., maps ; 16 cm. (12mo)
Topics: Indians of North America -- Canada -- Early works to 1800., Canada -- Description and travel --...
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by Guilbert, Yvette, 1865-1944
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4 preliminary leaves, 11-154, [1] pages, 2 leaves : frontispiece, illustrations (including music) plates, portraits ; 19 cm
Topics: Singing., Expression., Voice culture., Chant., Expression, Singing, Voice culture, McGill...
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by Nomberg, Hersh David, 1876-1927
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16 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Topics: Peretz, Isaac Leib, -- 1851 or 1852-1915 -- Criticism and interpretation., McGill University...
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by Maretić, T. (Tomislav), 1854-1938
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2 preliminary leaves, v, [2], 263 pages 24 cm.
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Topics: Epic poetry, Croatian -- History and criticism., Epic poetry, Serbian -- History and criticism.,...
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[4], [vii]-viii, 724, [2] pages ; 25 cm.
Topics: Education, Medieval., Education -- France -- History., Schools -- France -- History., McGill...
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1908 columns ; 19 cm
Topics: Polish language -- Dictionaries -- Yiddish., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Humanities...
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by Women's Guild of the Church of the Ascension
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112 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Topics: Cooking., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection, Cooking
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by Aristotle
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2 volumes 21 cm
Topics: Logic., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books and Special Collections - Raymond...
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by Macaulay, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron, 1800-1859
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210 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Topics: Rome -- History -- Poetry., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books and Special...
[26] leaves : illustrations ; 19 x 26 cm
Topics: Gebrüder Klingspor., Type and type-founding -- Germany -- Offenbach am Main -- History., Printing...
3 volumes in 1([24], 230, [10] pages; [4], 178, [2] pages; 163, [1] pages) ; 29 cm (folio)
Topics: Muḥammad, -- Prophet, -- -632 -- Early works to 1800., Qurʼan -- Early works to 1800., McGill...