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History 400/802: The British Discover their Past


In the Winter 2017 term, Queen's Principal, Dr. Daniel Woolf taught a combined undergraduate and graduate course, Topics in British History: The British Discover their Past , 1475-1730. The course examined the development of historical writing, political theory, natural philosophy, and antiquarianism in England. As part of their final papers, students were required to use primary materials available in W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. Students consulted works from both our Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection and general rare book collection. They spent several hours in our reading room researching with their books. This exhibit showcases the material they examined and brief remarks on how it aided their research. To begin your tour please select one of the boxes on the right.

For more from Dr. Woolf on teaching the course, you may read his article in University Affairs published July 24, 2017.

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Introducing the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection

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Our first exhibition of the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection is an introduction to the wealth and breadth of materials available. The items on display  are arranged topically by Travel and Exploration, Europe and the Middle East, Ancient History and Antiquities, English History and Chronicles, and English Topography and Antiquities. These are only some ways of dividing up the riches in the Schulich-Woolf Collection, and we hope our introduction whets your appetite to delve more deeply into its holdings. You will see chronologies, genealogies, biographies, books in Latin or non-English vernaculars, ecclesiastical histories, maps, and so on. Within each group, you will also see elements that relate more broadly to the history of publishing, illustration, and the book arts as represented in the collection. The Schulich-Woolf Collection includes many more examples of all these kinds of books, and some aspects of the Collection which definitely warrant attention are only hinted at: we hope this inspires you to further delve into the Collection by exploring the other items on this site.

This virtual exhibit mirrors and enhances our physical exhibit which opens November 23, 2016.

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