The Dysart Memorial Collection
Rare Books & Manuscripts
The Dysart Memorial Collection of Rare Books &
This exhibition of rare books and manuscripts is
the first of its type to be held at Gallery 1.1.1.,
apart from a smaller showing from the same collection
in 1972. It gives to the University community and
the public at large an opportunity to view the unique
collection formed as a memorial to the late Mr. Justice
Andrew Knox Dysart. In particular it will give students
in the School of Art an opportunity to study manuscripts
and books of preceding ages, ranging from the fourteenth
century to the early part of the twentieth century.
The educational value of these books cannot be over-emphasized.
To the graphic designer their value lies particularly
in illustrating the importance of the alphabet as
a conceptual base for communication, in the structuring
of the page, the quality of the illustrations, and
the harmony of the complete design.
The subtleties of the typographical design reflect
the artistic attitudes of the various periods and
the cultural significance of artist-designers, publishers,
and authors. This gives the present-day student insights
into the intricate harmony of a complex design problem.
The material is of superb quality and illustrates
the place of the book as the instrument of civilized
thought through many centuries of Western civilization.
As a member of the faculty of the School of Art, I
am most thankful to the sponsors of this exhibition
for the opportunity of allowing us all to view these
fine works of art.
Edward Doré /
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, School of
The Dysart Memorial Collection of rare books and
manuscripts: an exhibition held at the Gallery 1.1.1.,
the University of Manitoba, April 23-May 11, 1973.
Winnipeg, MB; R3T 2N2
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