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Toronto Public Library recently had brought out a guide to facilitate online readers to detect fake news from legitimate news, media reports said.
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Mabel Ho, librarian and online communications lead said the guide targeted Toronto residents and Toronto Library staff.
Ho had tweeted, “Our response to fake news - how to spot it, find reliable information and guide others.”
Every day people were bombarded with information, misinformation and even disinformation, said Librarian Winona McMorrow, who worked on compiling the resource.
McMorrow said the guide would enable online readers to find information based on fact and help them to think critically.
“The library has always been a place for people to get facts,” Ho said, CP24 News reports said.
The guide to fake news can be found at Toronto Public Library’s tpl.ca/spotfakenews.
“How to Spot Fake News,” defines fake news but gives directions to distinguish real news from fake.
Ho also said that the guide aims to fill the gap in digital literacy and provides useful links to trustworthy fact-checking sites and other library resources.
Toronto Reference Library is also planning to offer an event in June on digital literacy in coordination with media scholar Tim Wu and BuzzFeed Media Editor Craig Silverman.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
ROM celebrates Chinese New Year with an exhibition of rare ancestral portraits and more popular prints
TORONTO, October 15, 2018 — The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce the ROM-original exhibition
Gods in my Home: Chinese New Year with Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints.
Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition features a selection of ancestral portrait paintings and popular prints that traditionally were part of lunar New Year observances and celebrations in Chinese households. Opening on January 26, 2019 to coincide with the widely-celebrated holiday, Gods in My Home explores the connections between the domestic, material and spiritual life of Chinese society.
“Many of the unique pieces in this exhibition came to the Museum early in the 20th century and have never been on public display until now,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “Gods in My Home invites visitors to experience the customs and spiritual beliefs of traditional Chinese culture through the compelling visual power of this extraordinary collection of art.”
Gods in My Home is comprised of over 100 objects spanning the late Imperial period to the early 20th century Republic era. With a focus on ancestral paintings and popular prints of deities, the exhibition explores the connection between these two seemingly separate genres. The Chinese believed that the presence of these images both blessed and protected the family lines.
In traditional Chinese culture, celebrating the New Year was not only a time to worship gods and divinities, it was also a time to commemorate family lineage. The exhibition includes nine large-size ancestor portraits, commissioned by prosperous families, as well as printed ancestral scrolls that were more affordable. The popular print pieces, created on ordinary paper and pasted on walls and doors, served as religious talisman to ward off evil spirits and bless the family home. Many of these prints were considered common objects when first collected by the ROM in the early 1900s, and are now considered important cultural objects that illuminate the domestic beliefs and family values inherent in Chinese life.
“Worshipping ancestors and gods at home is not unique to Chinese culture. Even today, people maintain certain visual forms for commemorating their ancestors and communicating with spiritual beings in private spaces,” says Dr. Wen-chien Cheng, ROM co-curator of the exhibit. “In addition to appreciating and understanding the cultural specifics and artistic qualities of these images, we hope that ROM visitors can relate to the ideas behind them in their own lives.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour illustrated catalogue published by the ROM. The publication is generously supported by the Louise Hawley Stone Trust.
Gods in my Home is on display on Level 4, Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costumes, and included with Museum admission. ROM Members can enjoy an exclusive exhibition preview, taking place on Friday, January 25, 2019. For more information on ROM Memberships visit www.rom.on.ca/members or call 416.586.5700.
#TheBataShoeMuseum; #ManoloBlahnik:TheArtofShoes; #Toronto; #BataShoeMuseumFoundation; #SonjaBata;
Toronto, Oct 12 (Canadian-Media): The Bata Shoe Museum (BSM) of Toronto, Ontario is excited to be the final and only North American venue to showcases the travelling exhibition Manolo Blahnik : The Art of Shoes running through Jan 9, 2019, media reports said.
Since the 1940’s, the creator of the collection, Sonja Bata's world business tours for shoes of every description, from the most ordinary to the most extraordinary have enabled her to build one of the world’s finest collections and North America’s foremost shoe museum with a wealth of fashion lore and historical information.
In 1979 Bata’s collection outgrew the available private storage space. The Bata family then decided to establish the Bata Shoe Museum Foundation with the main objective to operate an international centre for footwear research which houses the Bata Shoe Museum’s collection of over 13,000 shoes and related items.
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The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear with inventiveness, artisanship, and elegance.
The style and function of over 4,500 years of history and a collection of 20th-century celebrity footwear in BSM is displayed in four galleries ranging from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamorous platforms.
Over the years, the Foundation has funded various field trips to collect and research footwear in areas with rapid changing traditions.. The studies have included North American indigenous cultures, circumpolar groups including Canadian Inuit, Siberia, Alaska and Greenland. Field studies have also taken place in Asia and Europe. These field studies have resulted in many academic publications for the Foundation, including but not limited to The Typology of Native Footwear, Our Boots: An Inuit Women’s Art, Feet and Footwear in Indian Culture, Our Boots: An Inuit Woman’s Art, Feet and Footwear in Indian Culture, and Spirit of Siberia: Traditional Native Life, Clothing and Footwear.
It was on May 6th, 1995 that the Bata Shoe Museum opened its doors at 327 Bloor Street West in downtown Toronto. The unique 39,000 square foot building, designed by Moriyama and Teshima Architects housing a world-class specialized museum, a major destination point for visitors and residents alike.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#IMAX; #Orion; #Olympus; #InternationalSpaceStation; #HubbleSpaceTelescope; #SpaceLaunchSystem
#JourneytoSpace; #NationalAeronauticsandSpaceAdministration, #MarkKrenzien, #GiantScreenFilms
Toronto, Oct 4 (Canadian-Media): The IMAX film Journey to Space, written, produced and directed by Mark Krenzien, screened yesterday in Ontario Science Centre's IMAX theatre, showcased the exciting plans of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Orion's transition from the end of the Space Shuttle Era to the future of how we live and operate in space as a species, media reports said.
Mark Krenzien, the writer, director and producer of the film was also present there. The film would open On October 6 at the Ontario Science Centre.
The names of the new machines which would be responsible for carrying out these missions are: Orion, NASA’s first spacecraft designed to carry humans on long-duration deep space exploration missions throughout the solar system; Olympus, an inflatable transportation habitat that would provide astronauts the work area and living space for long duration missions; the Space Launch System (SLS), a new giant rocket, generating over nine million pounds of thrust with hardware equivalent to the weight of 22 elephants, to carry spacecraft and astronauts on the surface of Mars.
"The film captures the spirit of human exploration that is at the core of our DNA," said Maurice Bitran, PhD, CEO, and Chief Science officer, Ontario Science Centre and added that "Ontario Science Centre has always been a hub for astrophysics, outer space and space exploration."
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For 60 years challenges faced by thousands of people working around the world and in space to carry out missions of landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteroids.
The story of film is told in three parts. The first part is the historical chapter, through its visually stunning imagery of space footage of views of Earth and operations in space, giving a fitting tribute to the Shuttle Program and the 355 astronauts who flew on the 135 Shuttle missions describing many of the big steps taken by the shuttle and the lessons learned.
The second part is devoted to the launching of Shuttle and how it assembled the International Space Station (ISS) -- a joint collaboration of 15 nationsand operating 24/7 to provide a home and a science lab in space -- teaching to build and conduct science in space and build a foundation for the future leaps into space.
In the final part of the film, emphasis is laid on realistic scenario of how astronauts will actually get to Mars, and how they would survive in space.
As an environmental activist and with his outdoor enthusiasm, Krenzien had filmed in various challenging locations from war-torn Iraq and earthquake-ravaged Haiti and a giant NASA clean room etc.
Besides Journey to Space, Krenzien had received IMAX credits in: Aircraft Carrier (2016), Humpback Whales (2015), Journey to the South Pacific (2013), Arabia (2011) and many more.
With its magic of sight and sound technologies, Journey to Space, presented on a Giant Film Screen, challenges the imagination of children and adults and is a great source of inspiration to children and young adults to look forward to a career in astronomy.
Krenzien's personal experiences and challenges faced in the present film, Journey to Space, would be discussed in a separate story.
Ontario Science Centre, designed by celebrated Toronto architect Raymond Moriyama, officially opened in 1969 and is one the worlds' first interactive science museum. A home to technology and innovation, the Science Centre dedicated to community outreach, is not only a museum but an extended classroom. The Centre draws Grade 12 students from across Ontario to spend a full semester to learn hands-on science experience in the fields of technology and science communications.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#ROMtoronto; #rajasthanroyals; #JoshBasseches; #Mehrangarh; #DeepaliDewan; #DanMishra; #rajasthanroyals
Toronto, Sept 28 (Canadian-Media): Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) would showcase 'Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur', one of the largest former princely states in India, from Mar 9-Sept 2 2019, media reports said.
Royal Ontario Museum
This exhibition (Treasures of a Desert Kingdom), offering a deeper understanding of India’s artistic heritage, is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with the collaboration of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, India and will be the final North American destination and the exclusive Canadian venue.
“As a leading centre for scholarship and expertise in South Asian art and culture, we are delighted to give visitors the unprecedented opportunity to explore a part of India’s rich cultural history that has rarely been seen,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO.
Nearly 250 artworks of ceremonial objects, opulent jewellery, textiles and tapestries, palace furnishings, architectural treasures, and a monumental 17th-century court tent of Marwar-Jodhpur, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan would be showcased in this exhibition to trace the cross-cultural history of The kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur and the Rathore dynasty that ruled the region for more than 700 years.
Most of these these collections, originally belonging to Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the private collections of the royal family of Jodhpur, have for the first time been outside the palace walls.
A special experience would be bestowed by this exhibition as most of the treasures would be from Jodhpur itself, said Dr. Deepali Dewan, the exhibition’s coordinating curator and ROM’s Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art & Culture and added,
"Treasures of a Desert Kingdom tells the story of an incredibly dynamic, cosmopolitan, and influential kingdom that saw art and culture as a critical aspect of rule. Jodhpur flourished, despite the odds of being in the middle of a desert, because they made strategic alliances, opened their borders, and allowed for a diverse culture. These are lessons still relevant today. This enthralling presentation demystifies our notions of life at the royal court, while highlighting India’s multifaceted past and its contemporary cultural landscape. There will be something familiar and something surprising for everyone.”
Held in Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, this exhibition would explore numerous thought-provoking themes and new ideas through their powerful tools of diplomacy, art and culture; the strong influence women had in the royal court and the importance of royal patronage.
The ROM engagement of the exhibition would follow its run at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Seattle Arts Museum.
Founded in 1914, the ROM, among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America and Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum, showcases world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects, and natural history specimens from all ages and featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.
Situated in heart of Toronto, The ROM is the preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new discoveries to further our understanding of the artistic, cultural, and natural world.
Its original heritage architecture had been combined with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the ROM serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#RoyalAlbertaMuseum; #Edmonton, #Alberta; #WesternCanada
Edmondon (AB), Sept 19 (Canadian-Media): The new Royal Alberta Museum (RAM), the largest museum in Western Canada, is completing the final touches to open its doors, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, media reports said.
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Albertans and visitors from around the world would be welcomed by Museum staff, who have spent the past five years at hard work curating and creating exhibits that invites curiosity, encourages inclusivity, fosters wonder and tells the remarkable stories of Alberta
Don Iveson, mayor, City of Edmonton, expressed his pleasure at the presence of RAM in the heart of downtown Edmonton and said “I’m so pleased to see this long-awaited addition to our downtown core. It will enhance visitors’ historical and cultural experiences in our city and encourage more tourism which, in turn, benefits our local economy.”
“The new Royal Alberta Museum is an architectural showpiece where Albertans will see their history, their province and themselves reflected inside the walls of this building. Visitors will experience transformative moments that have shaped our province – connecting our past to our present. Building a museum is a mammoth task and we look forward to welcoming Albertans back to their provincial museum to show what we have accomplished in bringing this world-class museum to life,” said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism
In celebration of grand opening of RAM and to welcome Albertans back to their provincial museum, admission, throughout the long weekend from Oct. 3 to Oct. 8, would be free.
During these free days, visitors would be able to explore galleries and also enjoy a variety of cultural music and dance performances.
With its total investment of $375.5 million -- $253 million from the Alberta government and $122.5 million from the federal government’s Building Canada Fund -- the new museum spans almost 40,000 square metres (419,000 square feet), including more than 7,600 square metres (82,000 square feet) of exhibition space – twice as much as the former Glenora location.
The new space allows RAM to showcase more than 5,300 new objects, with free admission space dedicated to the Manitou Stone, and visitors can explore stories, in addition to old favourites that everyone knows and loves.
History of Alberta’s people, animals and landscapes would be showcased in Expansive Human History and Natural History Halls.
Also present in RAM would be an interactive Children’s Gallery designed for hands-on learning through play and a Bug Gallery with a visible hatchery.
“Cultural institutions like the Royal Alberta Museum play a key role in developing dynamic communities and preserving Canada’s rich heritage. The Government of Canada is proud to have supported this stunning new landmark, which will boost the local economy, attract tourists from around the world and celebrate western Canadian history for generations to come,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Federal Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (MP) for Edmonton Centre, on behalf Champagne said, “The opening of this highly anticipated facility is great news for the City of Edmonton and the entire region. It will bring an exciting new hub of culture and learning to the downtown core and be a point of pride for Albertans for generations to come.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
TORONTO, June 23 (Canadian-Media): The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will be the final North American and exclusive Canadian venue for Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs, media reports said.
Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the cooperation of Succession Raghubir Singh in Paris, this retrospective presents the visionary works of late photographer Raghubir Singh (1942-1999), who pioneered the use of colour film to document the rapidly changing social, political, and cultural scenes of India from the late 1960s to the 1990s. The exhibition will be on display at the ROM from July 21 to October 21, 2018, following its run at The Met Breuer in New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
“As home to one of the world’s largest collections of South Asian art and culture, we are pleased to host this retrospective on the pioneering work of photographer Raghubir Singh,“ says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “Singh’s illuminating portraits of India, taken from within the culture, have had a major influence on shaping our understanding of the richness and complexity of South Asian society and its unique place in the modern world.”
Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs traces the full trajectory of Singh’s career from his early work as a photojournalist in the late 1960s through to his last unpublished projects of the late 1990s. The exhibition features more than 80 photographs and other objects on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Succession Raghubir Singh.
Using a handheld camera and colour slide film, Raghubir Singh recorded India’s dense milieu in complex frieze-like compositions, pulsating with opulent colour. His work was influenced by the humanist street photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004), whom he met in Jaipur in 1966, and by the modern cinematic vision of Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray (1921–1992). Unique in his approach, Singh worked exclusively in colour, continuing an Indian aesthetic tradition that reaches back to the vibrant court paintings of the Mughal Empire (1526–1857). As he travelled along his own artistic path, Singh forged a distinct style of modern photography—a cultivated amalgam of Western and South Asian modes of picturing the world that stands, as he put it, “on the Ganges side of modernism.”
"This exhibition celebrates a pioneering colour photographer within a global history of photography. It also foregrounds images of India that reject a touristic or ethnographic lens, and embrace complexity," says Dr. Deepali Dewan, Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art and Culture at the ROM. "The bold colours and striking compositions of the work bring together Western modernism and South Asian visual modes, allowing us to look at both ordinary and iconic views of rural and urban India with new eyes."
Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs will be included with general Museum admission. The ROM will host a slate of associated programming to complement the exhibition. More details to follow.
The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art with the cooperation of Succession Raghubir Singh.
About Raghubir Singh
Born in Rajasthan, Singh (1942-1999) lived in Hong Kong, Paris, London, and New York, but his lifelong subject was India. He began his career in photojournalism, publishing work in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. He would go on to develop his considerable skill as a fine art photographer, focusing on the rich and vibrant street life of India. Singh's dramatic use of colour and complex compositions combines elements of Western modernism and traditional South Asian art to tell powerful stories about India’s people and landscapes. His masterful use of Kodachrome film and flash sets Singh apart from photographers of that era, most of whom favoured black and white photography. His adoption of fine-grained 35mm slide film allowed Singh to create images of vivid yet naturalistic chromatic profile. Working with labs in Paris and New York, Singh’s meticulous control over the printing of his images led to a signature body of work that helped usher in the modern era of fine art colour photography.
About the ROM
Founded in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum showcases art, culture, and nature from around the world and across the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects, and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new discoveries, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our understanding of the artistic, cultural, and natural world. Combining its original heritage architecture with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the ROM serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination in the heart of Toronto for all to enjoy.
#TheRoyalOntarioMuseum; #ModernismontheGanges:RaghubirSinghPhotographs;#JoshBasseches; #MeTooandthearts;
TORONTO, June 23 (Canadian-Media): The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) announced yesterday that it planned to launch a series of public engagements that explore the concept of #MeToo and the arts with a focus on museums, media reports said.
#MeToo & the Arts featuring on original display and a slate of programs on sexualized harassment and gender inequity in the arts would be launched on July 21, 2018,
ROM’s upcoming presentation of Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs, and an allegation of sexual harassment made against the deceased artist had prompted this public engagement.
#MeToo & the Arts aims to encourage a larger conversation on how museums, and the public, are engaging with art within the context of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
“In the ROM’s role as a vital civic hub, we have a responsibility to take on important and challenging topics that are shaping our society today,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “The issues of power dynamics, sexual misconduct, and gender inequity raised by #MeToo are transforming the way we think about art. Museums everywhere are grappling with these issues and we believe that by creating public space for debate and discourse, we have an opportunity to advance the discussion on a critical issue of our time.”
Josh Basseches (centre)
The #MeToo & the Arts display, which is open free to the public will be located adjacent to the entrance to the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.
The display will focus on how museums are engaging with issues raised since October 2017 when the #MeToo movement gained momentum in the wake of allegations made against a number of powerful men in the film industry.
The display will consist of graphic elements, a video installation, and a contemplative space that invite audiences to learn, reflect, and consider their own questions and answers on the issues.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#TheRoyalOntarioMuseum; #BurgessShale, #RichardM.IveyCuratorofInvertebratePalaeontology; #Dr.Jean-BernardCaron; #PalaeontologyDivisionoftheGeologicalAssociationofCanada; #PikaiaAward, #BritishColumbia; #LouiseHawleyStoneCharitableTrust
Toronto, May 11 (Canadian-Media) The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) announces the establishment of the Richard M. Ivey Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology—the first endowed position of its kind in Canada, media reports said.
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This prestigious and important new role will be held by the ROM’s Senior Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology, Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron.
Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron/Facebook
Besides its well-known fossil vertebrate collections, including dinosaurs and mammals, the ROM holds nearly half a million specimens of non-vertebrate fossils (invertebrates, plants, microbes, and trace fossils) that represent an evolutionary record stretching from life three billion years ago to modern times.
Since 1975 ROM had been able to collect close to 250,000 specimens.
This collection includes important specimens from Ontario and across Canada, most significantly from the renowned Burgess Shale, a half-billion-year-old fossil site in British Columbia.
This collection is held in trust for Parks Canada, and is by far the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
Caron specializes in the origin and early evolution of animals during the “Cambrian explosion,” the period in evolutionary history when diverse groups of animals appeared in the fossil record for the first time.
A dynamic research program on the Burgess Shale is led by Caron and he regularly organizes field expeditions to the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks of British Columbia.
In 2012, Caron and his team discovered a new Burgess Shale site near Marble Canyon in Kootenay National Park.
This site so far had yielded tens of thousands of specimens and dozens of species new to science.
Over 50 scientific papers, had been published by Caron since he joined the ROM in 2006, including several in the prestigious journals Science and Nature.
CBC, the New York Times and the BBC had covered many of his studies and discoveries of new organisms.
Caron has also featured in a number of TV documentaries, including First Life with Sir David Attenborough.
Owing to his various accomplishments, Caron won the Pikaia Award for outstanding contributions to Canadian research from the Palaeontology Division of the Geological Association of Canada.
Development of the ROM’s future Dawn of Life permanent gallery is being actively overseen by Caron.
This is the project that has also received generous support from the Ivey Family and other leadership donors.
The story of life from its beginnings to the evolution of the first dinosaurs and mammals will be featured in this gallery.
This will complement the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs and the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals on the second floor of the ROM.
“I’m very pleased to support Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron and the ROM’s critical ongoing work in the field of Invertebrate Palaeontology,” said Richard Ivey. “I see this endowment as an essential contribution to one of the Museum’s most important areas of collection and focus; one that offers acomprehensive understanding of our planet’s natural history and the evolution of life since our shared beginnings.”
The endowment program at the ROM lends an opportunity to the donors enable thought-provoking exhibitions, revolutionary research and engaging public programs by supporting the Museum’s curatorial expertise.
The Richard M. Ivey Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology is one of nine endowed curatorships at the Museum, and the second to receive matching funds by the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust.
#UniversityofToronto, #UofT, #PJCarefoote; #MiddleAges; #WilliamCaxton, #MarcusTulliusCicero, #ThomasFisherRareBookLibrary; #RenaissanceandtheReformation; #WilliamShakespeare
Toronto, Apr 23, (Canadian-Media): The oldest English-language book in Canada, a 15th century text that introduced ancient ideas to new audiences is now owned by The University of Toronto, media reports said.
The book, reportedly was published in 1481 by William Caxton, the first person to print English language books, is an English translation of essays by Roman politician Marcus Tullius Cicero, "De amicitia" (Of Friendship) and "De senectute" (Of Old Age).
The printed text, now part of the collection at the university's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, reportedly carries the first translation of classical texts to English, said PJ Carefoote, the university's interim head of rare books and special collections.
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"A book like this is part of that whole transition that's going to bring western society out of the Middle Ages into what we now call the modern era, with the Renaissance and the Reformation," said Carefoote.
"It's an important text from the point of view of what it does for reviving learning in the west, that people now have access to something like Cicero ... in their own tongue."
The book printed by Caxton discusses the ideas of old age and friendship and links the two concepts.
Printed English books from that period, said Carefoot were hard to come by because of their significance to the history of the language.
PJ Carefoote/Facebook page
Caxton's books, Carefoote explained, translated established languages like Greek and Latin and were produced in large numbers to help standardize English at a time when it was a new language with varying dialects, .
"When Caxton, this printer, comes along and starts translating works ... multiple copies of an English language (book) -- and he chooses specifically the London dialect -- are being spread across England," he said.
"English starts to become English, it starts to unify."
Carefoote was reportedly contacted by a book dealer last year about the Caxton text and donations from the public helped the university acquire the book.
The way the book is written means it may not be easy for a first-time reader to immediately understand, said Carefoote.
"It's kind of like reading Shakespeare for the first time -- it takes a little bit of time," said Carefoote, who added that the font can also be difficult to understand at first.
"People look at it and say 'oh, I'm not going to be able to read that,' and I say just look at it for five minutes, and they all say that after you get used to the form, you read it like anything else."
Having the book at the University of Toronto would be a great resource to students in the book history and print culture program to learn about the origins of technology and culture.
Several other departments were also reportedly interested in the text.
The book also marks the Fisher library's 15 millionth book, which Carefoote said was just a happy coincidence.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)