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Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Counties of Hastings and Prince Edward Ont[ario]
Toronto: H. Belden & Co. [lithographed by Toronto Lith. Co.], 1878. Folio. (17 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches). Engraved title, numerous maps, views and portraits, printed recto and verso on 84 numbered pages, the maps hand-coloured. Publisher's black morocco backed cloth covered boards, upper cover decoratively titled in gilt Provenance: Thomas Sarles (inscription dated 1878) Scarce Canadian county atlas, with numerous maps and views. Devoted to Hastings and Prince Edward counties in Ontario (roughly half way between Toronto and Ottawa, with the latter and the southern portion of the former on Lake Ontario), this atlas includes fifty maps and town plans, nearly a hundred views of houses, farms and businesses, and over 50 portraits of the counties' inhabitants. The preliminary text provides a historical sketch of the region and the "Patron's Directory" in the rear includes places of residence, occupation, place of birth and year settled in each of the counties treated. The original owner of this example, Thomas Sarles, is listed within the Patron Directory, as a Canadian-born farmer in Rawdon Township; his inscription reveals that he paid $12.50 for the atlas.As with most 19th century county atlases, the work was published strictly by subscription. Given the relatively small size of the county in terms of population, the atlas would not have been published in a large print run, resulting in its rarity today. "Despite their limitations and inaccuracies, nineteenth-century county atlases nonetheless preserve a detailed cartographical, biographical, and pictorial record ... in the Victorian age" (Ristow, American Maps and Mapmakers, p. 424).
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