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1 ROBERTSON, J. Ross) What Art Has Done for Canadian History. ex-library
Public Reference Library, Toronto, 1917, 
(ROBERTSON, J. Ross). What Art Has Done for Canadian History : A Guide to the J. Ross Robertson Historical Collection in the Public Reference Library, Toronto, Canada. This catalogue of the collection covers three thousand seven hundred illustrations and includes originals and reproductions in every form of art of all known pictures in connection with Canadian history from the landing of Wolfe at Louisbourg in 1758 to the present time. Presented to the Trustees of the Public Library by J. Ross Robertson. Toronto : December, 1917. Pp 565. With Indexes. 8vo, olive green cloth. Ex-library (numbering to spine, bookplate, rear pouch removed), spine rubbed, edgeworn, hinges weak, else vg. 30.00

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2 ROBERTSON, J. Ross. History of Freemasonry in Canada from Its Introduction in 1749. Compled andwritten from Official Records and from MSS. covering the period 1749-1858, in the possession of the Author. In Two Volumes
George A. Morang & Company., Limited, Toronto, 1900, 
ROBERTSON, J. Ross. The History of Freemasonry in Canada from Its Introduction in 1749. Compled and written from Official Records and from MSS. covering the period 1749-1858, in the possession of the Author. [In Two Volumes.]Toronto : George A. Morang & Company, Limied, 1900. Pp (6),[vii]-xxxvi,(2) ,[17]-1196,(4), frontispiece + 35 plates (some folding); (6),[vii]-xxiv,[17]-979,(1), + 14 plates (some folding). Numerous Text Illustrations. Index. 8vo, maron cloth, gilt crest to front boards, gilt lettering to spines. "Although I am much pleased to do my best to write a brief Introduction to theinvaluable History ot Freemasonry in Canada, by my esteemed Friend and Bro ther, J. Ross Robertson, I find it extremely difficult to even glance at the main features of the subject, or to describe the chief characteristics ofthis colossal work, within the limited space usually alloted for such an e ffort. In the first place, this History has no equal of the class either asrespects its magnitude, its originality, its interest and attractiveness, its literary skill, or its conspicuous success. Many of the author's extraordinary finds and well-directed researches, if fully narrated, would surprise even those most familiar with his indomitable perseverance and unwearying persistence in getting at the foundation facts of the subject, the difficulties which would have frightened or vanquished others being to him but incentives to renewed and increased efforts until reliable information had been obtained. In these Volumes will be found numerous indications of BrotherRobertson's remarkable discoveries as an original and most fortunate inves tigator." (from the Itroduction by William James Hughan). ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGES WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ORDERS OUTSIDE CANADA DUE TO ITS WEIGHT. This Edition of this Work consists of Two Thousand Sets. The Number of this Set is 869. Rubbed, minor spotting, corners bumped, front inner hinge of Vol. I cracked, a couple of leaves were poorly trimmed, penned name and address, else very good. The two volume set for 500.00

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Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto : A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1833 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1898. First Edition, ROBERTSON, J. Ross.
3 ROBERTSON, J. Ross. Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto : A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1833 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1898. First Edition
J. Ross Robertson, Toronto, 1898, 
ROBERTSON, J. Ross. Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto : A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1833 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1898. Also, Nearly Two Hundred Engravings of Old Houses, Familiar Faces and Historic Places, with Maps and Schedules Connected with the Local History of York and Toronto. Republished from the Toronto "Evening Telegram." Toronto : J. Ross Robertson, 1898. First Edition. Pp (6),[v]-xiv,[1]-596 + folding drawing of the Richards' House (opp.p.42) + drawing of the Imperial Bank (opp.p.43) + folding map of Lake Ontario showing places on its shores 1757 (opp. p.88) + folding panorama view of the Town of York in 1820 (opp.p.94) + facsimile receipt (opp.p.284) + folding "Proclamation of George IV as King in York" opp. p.287) + drawing of Don Vale House, 1870 (opp.p.302) + folding page with two drawings of Spadina Avenue (opp.p.307) + page with two drawings of Spadina Avenue (opp.p.309) + View of King Street East in 1836 (opp.p.315) + View of St. Lawrence Hall (opp.p.322) + View of King Street East and St. Lawrence Buildings (opp.p.325) + View of the Hall,North End View, St. Lawrence Building (opp.p.326) + View of the Hall, South End View, St. Lawrence Building (opp.p.328) + Rear View of the City Hall,1849 (opp.p.346) + The Clergy of St. James, 1798 to 1899 (opp. p.372). Many illustrations, tables in the text. Largely double column. Thick 8vo, maroon cloth with pressed floral pattern on front board, gilt lettering to front & spine.
"Five hundred copies of this volume have been printed. [...] The book will not be reprinted. " - from the Preface.
Contents: 74 chapters on detailed local history.
A sampling of chapters:
1. Changes and Improvements. Yonge and Grenviile streets;
9. Provincial Lunatic Asylum;
11. Ladies' Schools of Old;
14. Tinnings' Wharf : The Calling Placeof the American Line of Steamers - A Famous Boating Incident - A Triumphal Return;
22. Toronto Street and King Street East - 1870;
24. The Great Comers of the City - 1866;
28. The Market Block The City Buildings - 1872;
30. "The Barque Swallow" - One of the Old Stone Hooker Fleet - Probably the Oldest Vessel in that Work on Lake Ontario;
33. Lake Ontario in 1757;
36. About Postal History in Canada Since the Sixteenth Century;
37. The Canadian Post-office Department A Century Ago;
38. The Work of a Century - A Brief History of the Post-office Department;
40. The Old Armoury;
42. The Schooner "Ann Brown": An Old Time Stone Hooker that has had a Checkered Career;
44. Toronto Directory, 1837: The City as it was at the Rebellion - Names of Old Time Officials and Institutions - Many Interesting Details (pp.119-172);
45. Toronto Directory, 1846 -47: Toronto's Residents at that Date - Changes in Street Nomenclature -Institutions which no longer exist (pp.173-256);
46. Executions in Toronto : The First Man Executed - Strange Scene on the Scaffold - The Kinnear and Other Murders - Some Sad Memories (pp.257-270);
47. Brigantine Sea-Gull : One of the Few Lake Traders that Sailed on Salt Water Fortunes of a Famous Vessel (pp.270-272);
50. Dundas Street Toll-Gates - The Check Gate at Lambton The "Blind" Toll Gate at Bloor Street Some Reminiscences of a Toll Taker's Troubles;
62. The Don Mills;
66. Ships Built in This Port;
74. St. James' Cathedral. The history of the Church since its Inception in 1803 until 1898, with the Parochial Records.
The long church records section is from pp376-596, containing the church records from 1807 to 1896, a dense record of marriages and baptisms, full of obvious genealogical interest;
e.g. "Child's Name, Thomas Johnson Grover., Almira, Tryphine, Mary, John, Marian & Peregrine; Parents, Grover; this family baptised down the Country, but the names sent up afterwards ; Sponsors, William Ruttan, Zacheus Burnham, Miss Jones";

"Tagelle to Donohoe. Toronto, July 1, 1858. James Tagelle, of Toronto, widower, and Harriett Donohoe, of the same place, spinster, of the same place, by me, H.J.. Grasett."

A few rubber stamps of noted Ontario collector J.V. Salmon, as well as the armorial bookplate of Sir William Mortimer Clark, (b. May 24, 1836 d. August 10, 1915, the ninth Lieutenant Governor of Ontario), else very good to fine, tight and clean, with bright exterior gilt. 500.00

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Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto : A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1837 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1904. Fourth Series. First Edition, ROBERTSON, J. Ross.
4 ROBERTSON, J. Ross. Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto : A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1837 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1904. Fourth Series. First Edition
J. Ross Robertson, Toronto, 1904, 
ROBERTSON, J. Ross. Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto : A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1837 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1908. Also, Nearly Three Hundred Engravings of the Churches of Toronto Embracing the Picture of Every Church Obtainable from 1800 - 1904. Fourth Series - Complete. Republished from the Toronto "Evening Telegram." Toronto : J. Ross Robertson, 1904. First Edition. Pp (4),[v]-xvi,[1]-614,(2) + 4 leaves of plates on slightly different paper. Many illustrations, tables in the text. Largely double column. Thick 8vo, dark blue cloth with pressed floral pattern on front board, gilt lettering to front & spine.

Contents: 193 chapters on matters of church and synagogue history of every stripe and denomination, much already reflecting the city's multicultural character.

A sampling of chapters:
3. St. George's : The First West End Anglican Church - Some Notable Parishioners;
43. St. Andrew's, King St. West - The First Toronto Presbyterian Church - Its Ministers from the Beginning (pp.120-214);
76. St. Mary's, Roman Catholic, The Earliest West End Place of Worship Erected by the Roman Catholics;
94. Yonge Street Methodist - The Most Northerly Methodist Church in the City;
124. Bloor St. Baptist - Church with a Phenomenally Successful Era - Its Internal Growth;
159. The Salvation Army;
144. Baptist Church (Coloured) "The First" Organized in the "Twenties"- Its Career;
153. Bethany - An Undenominational Church on Congregational Lines;
161. Christian Scientists - A Small Body of Worshippers Holding Peculiar Tenets;
167. The Theosophists;
172. The Latter Day Saints, Popularly Known as the Mormon Congregation;
174. German Lutheran;
175. Jewish Synagogues: The Religious Home in Toronto of God's "Ancient People" (pp.556-566);
176 . Toronto Y.M.C.A;
177. African Methodist Churches (pp.571-574, including the British Methodist Episcopal Church (coloured));
180. Greek Catholic Church;
182. Deaf and Dumb Congregation - Unique Religious Organization of Great Interest.

A few rubber stamps of noted Ontario collector J.V. Salmon, as well as the armorial bookplate of Sir William Mortimer Clark, (b. May 24, 1836 d. August 10, 1915, the ninth Lieutenant Governor of Ontario), else very good to fine, tight and clean, with bright exterior gilt. 380.00

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Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto : A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1837 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1908. Fifth Series. First Edition, ROBERTSON, J. Ross.
5 ROBERTSON, J. Ross. Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto : A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1837 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1908. Fifth Series. First Edition
J. Ross Robertson, Toronto, 1908, 1908 
ROBERTSON, J. Ross. Robertson's Landmarks of Toronto : A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York From 1792 until 1837 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1908. Also, Three Hundred and Thirty Engravings of Places and Scenes in Toronto or in Connection with the City. Fifth Series - Complete. Republished from the Toronto "Evening Telegram." Toronto : J. Ross Robertson, 1908. First Edition. Pp (4),[iii]-xviii,[1]-589,(3) + 9 folding city maps (including "Chart of the North Shore of Toronto Harbour, 1846" [opp. p.67] and "Chart of the North Shore of Toronto Harbour, 1846" [opp. p.531] and "Plan of Toronto Harbour, 1846" [opp. p.538]) + folding map of the Old Fort of York + folding Plan of York Harbour + folding view illustration on light paper (opp.p. 367) + folding Plan of the Extension of the Town Plot of Port Credit + folding Plan of the Indian Reserve + folding Plan of the Military Reserve, Toronto + folding illustration "Toronto Military Review , October 8th, 1863" on light paper (opp.p. 504) + folding illustration "Toronto Military Review , October 8th, 1863" on light paper (opp.p. 505) + folding "Key to the Picture of Toronto, 1854" (opp. p.578) + + folding "Key to the Picture of Toronto in 1834" (opp. p.584) + folding "Memorial in Salisbury Cathedral" (opp. p.583) + folding "Key to the Picture of York, now Toronto, 1828" (opp. p.586) + folding "Key to the Picture of Toronto in 1842"(opp. p.589) + 2 leaves of plates (opp.pp. 512 and 576) on glossy paper. Many illustrations, tables in the text. Largely double column. Thick 8vo, maroon cloth, with pressed floral pattern on front board, gilt lettering to front & spine.

Contents: 1. Yachts of a Century (pp.1-8);
2. Two Old Flags of Rebellion Times;
3. North York Militia;
4. Golden Lion on King Street East;
5. The Old Don Bridge;
6. The Original School Reserve;
7. Primitive Methods - Tools Used by Red Men;
8. The War of 1812;
9. Yonge Street Stage Line;
10. Parliament Houses, 1796-1812;
11. Osgoode Hall Site;
12. Birds in Provincial Museum;
13. Three Old Plans of York;
14. An Old Hand Press;
15. Plan of Military Reserve;
16. York a Century Ago;
17. All About Legal Lights and Ancient Lights;
18. Old St. Mark's, Niagara;
19. The Holland Landing Anchor;
20. First Exhibition Opened in 1846 - Crystal Palace of 1858;
&c, &c in 99 more chapters.

A few rubber stamps of noted Ontario collector J.V. Salmon, the spine a little sunned, else very good to fine, tight and clean, with bright exterior gilt. 350.00

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