Collection LA.SC019 - Sybille Pantazzi book jacket collection

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Sybille Pantazzi book jacket collection


  • 1912-1979 (Creation)

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368 book jackets
1 exhibition catalogue

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Biographical history

Sybille Oltea Yvonne Pantazzi (1914-1983) was the Librarian at the Art Gallery of Ontario for thirty-two years, a book-collector and a pioneering scholar in the area of Victorian book design. She was born in Romania, traveled widely as a young woman, and settled in Toronto at the end of the Second World War. Among her many interests were book jackets and the artists who created them.

Archival history

The collection was accumulated by Sybille Pantazzi during her tenure as librarian of the Art Gallery of Ontario; ownership transferred to the library after her retirement in 1980.

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Scope and content

Collection contains book jackets, grouped into geographical categories. Also included is a published exhibition catalogue. Dates have been provided by Sybille Pantazzi and are written in pencil on the verso. Attribution is based on a designation on one of the jacket flaps, on a signature within the illustration, and occasionally on stylistic analysis.

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Arrangement is in series by artist nationality, then alphabetical by the artist’s last name.

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Conditions governing access

Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment. Please contact the reference desk for more information.

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Various copyright holders. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the collection.

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Finding aids
Index cards with Sybille Pantazzi’s notes on this collection are available in the Exhibitors card catalogue (ask at Library Information Desk for assistance). Her research notes are filed with her papers.

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Description and finding aid prepared 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description and finding aid prepared by Sylvia Lassam.
Uploaded and adapted by Nirvana Chainani, 2019.

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