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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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by Lear, Edward, 1812-1888, artist.
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Topics: Lear, Edward, -- 1812-1888., Anas clypeata., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 26.0 x 37.3 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Rallidae., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 25.1 x 34.3 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Wagtails., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 26.0 x 40.6 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Curlews., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 35.2 x 50.8 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Cuckoos., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 70.2 x 61.0 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Ibises., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 89.0 x 73.7 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Eagles., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 61.0 x 74.6 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Bar-headed goose., McGill University Library Digitized Title,...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 33.2 x 27.8 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Wheatears., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 59.7 x 74.5 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books &...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 25.6 x 39.7 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Cuckoos., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 73.8 x 57.2 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Herons., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 40.6 x 45.7 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Vultures., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 73.8 x 60.6 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Buzzards., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 35.6 x 51.4 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Spurfowl., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 49.4 x 32.1 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books &...
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by Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 25.2 x 29.4 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Sunbirds., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Desbarats, George Edouard, 1838-1893, publisher
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3 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Topics: Canadian literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals., Canadian literature (English) -- 19th century...
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by Desbarats, George Edouard, 1838-1893, publisher
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3 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Topics: Canadian literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals., Canadian literature (English) -- 19th century...
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by Desbarats, George Edouard, 1838-1893, publisher
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3 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Topics: Canadian literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals., Canadian literature (English) -- 19th century...
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by Desbarats, George Edouard, 1838-1893, publisher
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3 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Topics: Canadian literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals., Canadian literature (English) -- 19th century...
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by Desbarats, George Edouard, 1838-1893, publisher
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3 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Topics: Canadian literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals., Canadian literature (English) -- 19th century...
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by Desbarats, George Edouard, 1838-1893, publisher
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3 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Topics: Canadian literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals., Canadian literature (English) -- 19th century...
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by Desbarats, George Edouard, 1838-1893, publisher
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3 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Topics: Canadian literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals., Canadian literature (English) -- 19th century...
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by Desbarats, George Edouard, 1838-1893, publisher
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3 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Topics: Canadian literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals., Canadian literature (English) -- 19th century...
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by Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art. Canadian Architecture Collection; Schreiber, John, 1921-2002; Antovská Murray, Irena, 1946-; Bieniecka, Ewa
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xxii, 154 pages : illustrations
Topics: Schreiber, John, -- 1921-2002 -- Archives -- Catalogs., Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture...
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by Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art. Canadian Architecture Collection; Rohan, Daniella, 1967-; Žantovská Murray, Irena, 1946-
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vii, 162 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Topics: Erickson, Arthur, -- 1924-2009 -- Archives -- Catalogs., Architecture -- Middle East -- History --...
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by Moberly, C. A. E. (Charlotte Anne Elizabeth), 1846-1937
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131 pages illustrations, portraits, folded maps 23 cm
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Topics: Petit Trianon (Versailles, France), Marie Antoinette, -- Queen, consort of Louis XVI, King of...
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by Grousset, Paschal, 1844-1909
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334 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Topics: Moon -- Fiction., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Humanities and Social Sciences -...
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by United States. Children's Bureau.
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v. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Topics: Child welfare -- United States -- Periodicals., Children -- Health and hygiene -- Periodicals.,...
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by Simon, E. D. (Ernest Darwin), 1879-1960
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viii, 205, [1] pages, 1 leaf diagram 23 cm
Topics: Housing -- Great Britain., Working class -- Dwellings., Housing., Urban Renewal., United Kingdom.,...
247 + [2] pages
Topics: Parapsychology -- Research., Spiritualism., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Humanities...
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by Hayʼah al-Miṣrīyah al-ʻĀmmah lil-Misāḥah
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1 map : black and white ; 44 x 65 cm on sheet (56 x 67)
Topics: Aʻqāb (Aswān, Egypt) -- Maps., Kawm Umbū (Aswān, Egypt) -- Maps, Aswān (Egypt :...
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by Egypt. Maṣlaḥat al-Misāḥah
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1 map : black and white ; 50 x 68 cm on sheet (55 x 72)
Topics: Shanwaân (Egypt) -- Maps., Egypt -- Maps., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Humanities...
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1 map : color ; 43 x 63 cm, on sheet 57 x 77 cm
Topics: Topographic maps., Deversoir Station (Egypt) -- Maps., Mahattat Difarsuwar (Egypt) -- Maps., Egypt...
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by Egypt. Maṣlaḥat al-Misāḥah
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1 map : black and white ; 51 x 69 cm on sheet (55 x 73)
Topics: Mīt al-Qurashī (Egypt : Province) -- Maps., Egypt -- Maps., McGill University Library Digitized...
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by Tischendorf, Constantin von, 1815-1874
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xvi, 132, [1] pages ; 20 cm
Topics: Bible. -- Gospels -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., McGill University Library Digitized Title,...
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187 pages, [84] leaves of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, maps ; 25 cm
Topics: America -- Discovery and exploration -- Bibliography., America -- Discovery and exploration --...
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by Hertzka, Theodor, 1845-1924; Hertzka, Theodor, 1845-1924. Freiland. English; Freilandverein
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vi, 155 pages ; 18 cm.
Topics: Utopias., Collective settlements -- Africa, East., UTOPIAS, McGill University Library Digitized...
8 volumes, plate : portrait ; 8°
Topics: Great Britain -- History., Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire., McGill University Library Digitized Title,...
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by W.T. Rawleigh Company
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33 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Topics: McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook Collection
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1 map : color ; 34 x 53 cm
Topics: North American Glass Works., Fire risk assessment -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal -- Maps.,...
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by Sunland Pub. Co.
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v. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Topics: Yiddish literature -- Periodicals., Jews -- California -- Periodicals., Jews -- California -- Los...
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by Lāhījī, ʻAbd al-Razzāq, active 17th century, author
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128 unnumbered pages ; 17 x 10 cm
Topics: İlâhiyât., Islamic philosophy., Manuscripts, Arabic -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal.,...
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by Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
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In Cree syllabics; title in Cree and English
Topics: Cree language -- Texts., Indians of North America -- Alberta -- Periodicals., Cree Indians --...
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by Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748
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6 unnumbered pages ; 17 cm
Topics: Catechisms, Cree., Cree language -- Texts., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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by Cassirer, Ernst, 1874-1945
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5 preliminary leaves, 458 pages : illustrations, II plates (including portrait) ; 27 cm.
Topics: Philosophy, Modern -- History., Individualism., Cosmology., Free will and determinism., Knowledge,...
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xii, 332 pages portrait
Topics: Manuscripts, German -- Catalogs., Manuscripts, Latin -- Catalogs., Incunabula -- Bibliography --...
4 unnumbered pages ; 32 cm
Topics: Canada Company (1824-1953), Land settlement -- Ontario., Ontario -- Description and travel., McGill...
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1 volume 8vo
Topics: Logic -- Early works to 1800., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books and Special...
12 pages ; 22 cm
Topics: Canada -- History -- Rebellion, 1837-1838., Canada -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841., McGill...
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by Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
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In Cree syllabics; title in Cree and English
Topics: Cree language -- Texts., Indians of North America -- Alberta -- Periodicals., Cree Indians --...
32 pages, [1] leaf ; 26 cm
Topics: Law -- Québec (Province), Law -- Ontario., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare...
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by Haliburton, Thomas Chandler, 1796-1865
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[9]-viii, [1], 10-262, [16] pages ; 21 cm
Topics: Canada -- Politics and government -- 1837-1838., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare...
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by Dessaulles, L. A., 1819-1895
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83 pages ; 16 cm
Topics: Papineau, Louis Joseph, -- 1786-1871., Nelson, Wolfred, -- 1791-1863., Papineau, L.-J. --...
[3], iv-xviii, [1], 2-121, [3] p., [3] folded leaves of plates : 2 illustrations (1 folded), folded map ; 17 cm. (8vo)
Topics: United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1754-1763., United States -- History -- Colonial...
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by Langrishe, Hercules, Sir, 1731-1811; Knox, William, 1732-1810. Present state of the nation
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2], 5-60,59*-60*, 61-92 pages ; 21 cm (8vo)
Topics: Great Britain -- Colonies -- Administration., Taxation -- Ireland., Ireland -- Economic...
80 pages ; 21 cm
Topics: Prevost, George, -- Sir, 1st bart., -- 1767-1816., Prévost, George, -- Sir, -- 1767-1816., United...
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by Pre-1801 Imprint Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
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68 pages ; 21 cm
Topics: Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 18th century., United States -- History -- French and Indian...
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by Dallas, Robert, Sir, 1756-1824
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2 preliminary leaves, 55 pages 24 cm
Topics: Howe, William, -- Sir., -- 1729-1914., United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783., McGill...
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[5], iv-xv, [1], 327, [9] pages ; 21 cm
Topics: Anglo-French War, 1755-1763., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Lande Canadiana,...
[5], 2-59, [1] pages ; 21 cm
Topics: Burke, Edmund, -- 1729-1797. -- Examination of the commercial principles., United States --...
93 pages in various pagings ; 20 cm
Topics: Lower Canada. -- Legislature. -- House of Assembly. -- Library -- Catalogs., Library catalogs --...
[1], 2-41, [1] pages : coat of arms ; 27 cm
Topics: Canada -- History -- 1755-1763., Canada -- History -- 1763-1791., Great Britain -- Foreign...
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by Bacqueville de La Potherie, M. de (Claude-Charles Le Roy), 1668-1738
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4 volumes : illustrations (some folded), maps (some folded), music ; 16 cm (12mo)
Topics: Canada -- History -- To 1763 (New France), Iroquois Indians -- Early works to 1800., Indians of...
xxiv, 336 pages 18 cm
Topics: United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775., Canada -- Description and travel.,...
5 unnumbered pages, 6-21 pages, 6 unnumbered pages, 28-59 pages, 1 unnumbered page : coat of arms ; 27 cm (4to)
Topics: Law -- Québec (Province) -- Early works to 1800., Constitutions -- Canada., McGill University...
[3], 4-10 pages, [1] folded leaf of plates : map ; 22 cm
Topics: Railroads -- Nova Scotia., Railroads -- United States., Harbors -- Nova Scotia -- Whitehaven.,...
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by Lower Canada. Legislature. House of Assembly. Committee on that part of the speech of His Excellency the governor in chief which relates to the settlement of the crown lands
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72, 128, 144 pages, [2] folded leaves of plates ; 22 cm
Topics: Crown lands -- Québec (Province), Land settlement -- Québec (Province), Land tenure -- Québec...
[3], iv-viii, [13]-248, [1], [1]-8 pages ; 20 cm
Topics: United States -- Social life and customs -- 1783-1865., United States -- Emigration and...
2 volumes, [15] leaves of plates (some colour) : 34 illustrations (11 coloured), 2 coloured maps (1 folded) ; 22 cm
Topics: Hind, Henry Youle, -- 1823-1908 -- Travel -- Newfoundland and Labrador -- Labrador., Labrador...
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by Garneau, F.-X. (François-Xavier), 1809-1866; Bell, Andrew, of Southampton
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3 volumes ; 22 cm
Topics: Canada -- History., Canada -- History -- To 1763 (New France), McGill University Library Digitized...
96 pages ; 15 cm
Topics: Canada -- History -- Rebellion, 1837-1838., Saint-Eustache (Québec) -- History., Saint-Eustache,...
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by Godley, John Robert, 1814-1861
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2 v. 20 cm.
Topics: Atlantic States -- Description and travel., Canada -- Description and travel., United States --...
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by Dalrymple, John, Sir, 1726-1810.; Sackville, George Germain, Viscount, 1716-1785.; Burgoyne, John, 1722-1792. Letter from Lieut. Gen. Burgoyne to his constituents, upon his late resignation.; Pre-1801 Imprint Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
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[4], 35, [1] pages ; 24 cm
Topics: Burgoyne, John, -- 1722-1792. -- Letter from Lieut. Gen. Burgoyne to his constituents upon his late...