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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,-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
Title: 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
Publisher: J. Ross Robertson, Toronto, 1898,:
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