During this challenging time, we’d like to share a bit of comfort with you, so we’ve compiled a list of leisure readings from the Open Collection. Enjoy!
For the time being, most of us should stay at home and help to keep our communities safe. But this is also a good time to gather some travel inspiration. The BC Historical Books Collection features a lot of intricately illustrated travel books, with a focus on Canada and especially British Columbia.
Canadian pictures: drawn with pen and pencil, 1884
With numerous engraving illustrations and several maps, this book covers geography, history, and industry across Canada.
Canadian cities of romance, 1922
Written by Katherine Hale and illustrated by Dorothy Stevens, this book includes descriptions and illustrations of major Canadian cities.
Canadian houses of romance, 1926
This book is a companion volume to Canadian Cities of Romance, describing historic houses across Canada.
For those who enjoy angling and fly-fishing, the Hawthorn Fly Fishing & Angling Collection is a treasure trove of rare and valuable books. The following are just two examples from more than 2,200 books.
The Fly maker’s hand-book, [1886?]
Containing nine coloured illustrations, this book presents 50 artificial flies for trout and grayling fishing.
Salmon flies, [between 1890 and 1899?]
This is a fly-fishing book written by Geo. M. Kelson. With plenty of coloured illustrations, it provides details on the components of each fly, as well as the author’s comments.
It can be challenging to work from home with kids. The Historical Children’s Literature Collection may help to distract your kids, so that you can focus on your work for awhile. Below are some chapbooks from the collection.
With all the stress and uncertainty around us, take the opportunity to dive into one of these books and relax!