Giulio Ferrario, intellectual, publisher, printer and librarian

   GUILIO FERRARIO – intellectual, publisher, printer and librarian

From the moment  Adam and Eve donned their fig leaves in the Garden of Eden, what we wear is of the utmost importance. Apparel  over the years has evolved as a result of  historical events, geography and fashion and while not always sensible or attractive, what we wear speaks volumes about who we are, what we do and how we do it.

The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines the Costume as:
“The clothes worn by people from a particular place or during a particular historical period.”

Our manner of dress has the ability tells the world where we are from, our cultural heritage, our religious beliefs, if we are wealthy, middle class or struggling in poverty. Let’s take a look at some very common examples of how our manner of dress tells our story: Contine reading


Anna Murphy Jameson, A True Pioneer

A True Pioneer

On October 2008, 25- & 26th  we occupied a booth at the Ottawa Book Fair. The doors opened and  within a very few minutes a charming young man made his way to our location, briefly looked about and then scooped up a circa 1845 manuscJameson_Letter_John_boughtript letter  of Anna Murphy Jameson written to “My dear Mrs. Macready,” . This was the very first sale for Lord Durham Rare Books at a live book fair. It was this sale that set us on our way to fame and fortune as rare and fine booksellers.  Well, that’s what we had hoped for.  Anna became one of my favorite people that day and not just as a result of the sale of the handwritten letter but because I developed an interest in she and the other “Babes in the Bush” as I so fondly refer to Susanna Moodie, Catherine Parr Traill, and E Pauline Johnson. Contine reading


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19th century and earlier newspapers

Back in the good old days when I started collecting, my focus for the most part was on materials pertaining to specific subjects. If I discovered an item that fit the criteria of my subject matter then it would be scooped up and added to the collection. As a result my collections contained a multitude of rare and fine books, photos, manuscripts, prints and newspapers. It had never been my intention to collect newspapers as they were just not on my collection ‘radar’ .  There always seemed to be too many books to look at and choose from that newspapers just didn’t attract my attention. The fact is however, I was collecting newspapers or magazines but did not see them as such but rather elements of my growing collection. Contine reading