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L.B. Duff Collection
University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Printing--History; Printing--Specimens; Manuscripts, Illuminated; Binding; Calligraphy; Book collecting--History; Library catalogues

The collection was established in 1956, built upon a gift of eight hundred books donated to the library by journalist Louis Blake Duff.

The collection contains monographs about books, including catalogues of private libraries and auction catalogues. Also available is material on the history of printing, publishing, bookselling, and bibliography. The collection is expanded by gift, purchase, and transfer.


900 monographs; 47 serials.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public with identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at the present.