Upper Canada Sketches by Thomas Conant

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CONANT, Thomas [1842-1905]. Upper Canada Sketches. 8vo. pp. 2 p.l., viii, [9]-243. 21 chromolithographed plates, 1 coloured lithographed map, & 5 half-tone portraits. title in red & black. A nice copy in original decorative cloth, gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. Toronto: William Briggs, 1898. 


     First Edition. Random sketches of life in Upper Canada, by a descendent of one of its pioneering families. The author was born in Oshawa in 1842, the son of Daniel Conant and Mary Shipman. An attractive book, with twenty-one chromolithographed plates after paintings by Edward Scrope Shrapnel [d. 1920], including views and portrayals of Roger Conant's first mill, bartering with the First Nations, maple sugar making, logging, a Mormon attempt to raise the dead, the Fenian Raid of 1865, potash making, hauling cannon in the War of 1812, refugees from the Rebellion escaping over the ice at Oswego, NY, the assassination of the author's grandfather, Thomas Conant, during the 1837 Rebellion, &c. 

     Watters p. 865.