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History of the Book

History of the Book at RBSC

UBC's Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC) Library collects rare and historically significant manuscripts and published works, which are available for you to view and read. This guide provides an introduction to special collection resources relating to the history of the book available through RBSC, UBC Library, and on the web. 

Photo credit: UBC Library

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Image source: Catholic Church. Pope (1243-1254: Innocent IV). 1245. [Privilegium Innocentii IV pro monasterio S. Michaelis de Tridento]. Western Manuscript collection. UBC Library, Rare Books and Special Collections.

Image source: Catholic Church. [Between 1400-1600]. [Book of hours fragments]. Western Manuscripts Collection, UBC Library, Rare Books and Special Collections.

Image source: William Morris. 1896. The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (The Kelmscott Chaucer). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 

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