Leavitt, Thad. W. H.
History of Leeds and Grenville Ontario, from 1749 to 1879, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
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Brockville: Recorder Press, 1879. First edition, illustrated by E. A. Turner (pp. viii, 200). Large quarto (30 cm) in modern green publisher's cloth, gilt titles, new endpapers. Illustrated with many fine lithographic plates by E. A. Turner depicting prominent people, residences, businesses, and public buildings, the text comprising an historical account of the settlement of the eastern Ontario region and a collection of biographies, reminiscences, and sketches of various families. Leavitt (1844?- 1909) was at the time the editor of the (Brockville) Recorder. ‘As a young man Leavitt prospected for gold in South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia where he wrote The History of Victoria and Melbourne, The History of Tasmania, and Australian Representative Men. Leavitt’s spouse, Lydia (Brown) Leavitt was the author, among other books, of Around the World , c. 1880, and Bohemian Society, . See Waters, A Checklist of Canadian Literature. This copy, re-bound in attractive green cloth with gilt titles, preserves several damaged pages, notably pp. 81/ 82 and 199/ 200, which have been mounted on separate sheets and inserted in place, perhaps during the re-bind. The damage is largely to the margins, but there is some minor loss (as of a syllable or two) to 199/ 200 in particular; the repairs are a bit clumsy and might benefit from the attention of a conservator. Several short, closed tears in the margins have been repaired with archival tape; there is an occasional blotch and spot. A very good copy of a scarce book.
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