Place Published: Toronto
Publisher: Ross Robertson,Toronto Evening Telegram
Date Published: 1894
Binding: Hard Cover
First edition. 5-1/2 x 8-3/4 inches. Original dark green cloth covers rebacked, with blind embossed front and dull gilt type including "VOL. 1" on spine and front. Fold out image of Queen Street West 1890 at p.21 with paper repairs, otherwise near fine condition. A nice copy.
A Collection of Historical Sketches of the Old Town of York from 1792 until 1833 and of Toronto from 1834 to 1893.
Over 300 engravings of old houses, familiar faces and historic places, with maps and schedules connected with the local history of York and Toronto
John Ross Robertson was a journalist, publisher, philanthropist, historian, and sportsman. All his life, Robertson was a passionate student of history and collector of historical memorabilia. As a boy of 12, he had started a historical picture collection. He began compiling materials on masonic history as soon as he joined the order, and this activity spurred a wider interest in early Canadian history. It would lead Robertson to amass the largest collection of Canadiana in his time. His enthusiasm also manifested itself in the pages of the Telegram, where he assigned Thomas Edward Champion and other reporters to write on early Toronto history; the weekly articles were republished at Robertson’s expense in a massive six-volume series. Robertson’s landmarks of Toronto constitutes a detailed record of Toronto from 1792 to 1914, a “goldmine of information,” though the work contains many errors.
Near Fine. Item #7982