Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V6#8 - 21 December, 2009
Winter has arrived here in Ontario - and across most of the rest of Canada from what I hear - and the vortex which is Christmas is consuming all our spare (and not so spare) moments so it's hard to find time for our favorite obsession - sorry!  hobby - but here's our December newsletter for when you can find a little "me" time.
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*  Toronto, Hamilton & London, Society Blue Book - 1900
CA0065:  $18.00  
Compiled and published by, Wm. Tyrrell & Co., Booksellers and Stationers of Toronto.  This book describes itself as: “A reliable Directory to over 3,000 of the Elite Families of Toronto, Hamilton and London, alphabetically arranged, with much additional information regarding families, Club Membership, Summer Residences, Maiden Names, Receiving Days, and other items of social interest.”
This book was published at the height of the Victorian society tradition of holding “At Homes” to receive callers, and provided a ready reference by which a person’s (or family’s) position in “Society” could be ascertained.  Today we would regard this as an ultimate expression of “snobbery” but at the time every wife who considered herself (or wanted to be considered) a member of “Polite Society” would be anxious to ensure the families particulars were correctly entered in this publication.
The Canadian perspective on what constituted the necessary qualification to be considered a part of “Society” was somewhat different to that generally accepted in Europe - where the custom originated - and is best explained in the publishers own words:  
“In preparing for publication this first edition of Tyrrell's Society Blue Book, we have departed  somewhat from the popular idea of what constitutes a Blue Book, and included many individuals who may not be strictly in Society. The entries in the Royal Blue Book in England include only those individuals who have been presented at Court, but with no such list to draw from in Canada we have included in this edition individuals who are prominent in the trades and professions as well as the leaders of Society, believing that such a list will be of greatest service to the greatest number.  It is our intention to improve each successive edition of this volume, making it a help to every hostess, and a necessity in every home.  We invite suggestions for the improvement of future editions and thank our numerous patrons who have so kindly furnished us with the information contained in these pages.”
In addition to the listing of “members of society” there are numerous commercial advertisements, listings of gentlemen’s and ladies’ clubs and seating plans for various places of entertainment.  Everything, in fact that the perfect hostess could require to be a perfect member of “Society.”
We are fortunate that the copy of the book we used to make this reproduction contained a “laid in” copy of the pro-forma supplied by Tyrrell for the purpose of making application  to get an entry and so gaining the desirable status of being “in” Society.  A copy of this hand written application is included on the CD.
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*  Railways, Steamships & Steamboats in Canada - 1919
CAG074:  $3.00
Gleaned from:  The Canadian Almanac, Published: 1919 this Gleaning contains:
  A List of Railroad Companies operating in Canada with their Equipment and
naming their principal officials.
  A List of Railroad lines by Railroad Company giving the line terminal points.
  A List of the Steamship and Steamboat lines operating in Canada giving terminal
  A listing of old and new (in 1919) names of Railways.
As I said last month we still have a few more Gleanings we are extracting from the 1919 Canadian Almanac, over and above the very useful listing of 1919 Canadian Railways above.
The great biographical resource I mentioned last month turned out to be "great" in more than just the quality sense, running to almost 800 pages.  I'm afraid processing all those pages to our quality standard ran us out of time for this month's newsletter even though I tried to hold it as long as possible.   I'm honestly not sure how many more days it'll be until it will be finished (it depends how good the image quality of the unprocessed pages is), but as soon as it is released I shall be announcing it on our Facebook page and - of course - look for it in the January newsletter.
In this section we provide an - often abbreviated - description of each of the newly released books on CD we have received from our International Archive CD Books partners.  PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF OUR BOOKS ON CD.
This month we are featuring new materials from our Irish partner.
*  Nathaniel Jones, Directory of Glasgow 1787    
IE5056:  $14.00  
First published in 1787, now republished on fully-searchable CD-Rom is the 1868 reprint of Nathaniel Jones' Directory of Glasgow. Reputed to be the first directory for Glasgow, this reprint contains 114 printed pages and includes several sections not present in the first issue.
The original compiler and editor of the Glasgow Directory, Nathaniel Jones, explained that his purpose for compiling a Glasgow Directory was merely to collect an alphabetical list of the subscribing members of the Tontine coffee room. However, the members apparently persuaded Jones to go beyond his initial undertaking and add to his list as many of the merchants, manufacturers and companies in Glasgow that he could readily identify thereby turning his list into a directory.
Jones's edition of the Glasgow Directory begins with a list of civil and office holders in the city. The list also includes other "important" and visible individuals.  Also the departures and arrivals of stagecoaches into and out of the town. These lists are followed by an alphabetical directory of the merchants and traders in the city, names which had been gathered by Jones himself. Each entry includes the individual's occupation and address.
The 1868 reprint contains an addition twenty-four pages of information made-up of a potted-history of Glasgow from the Reformation, and facts, statistics and interesting anecdotes from the eighteenth-century and closer to the time at which the Directory was originally published. The introduction is supplemented with biographical sketches of dozens of the men that were listed in Jones's edition of the Glasgow Directory.
*  William Carleton, Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, 1853    
IE0083:  $14.00
This edition of William Carleton's Traits & Stories of the Irish Peasantry was published in London in 1853 and is republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom. Containing the stories The Party Fight & Funeral; the Hedge School and The Station, this edition includes two illustrations by Phiz, Halbot Knight Browne (1815-82), best-known as the illustrator of the works of Charles Dickens.
William Carleton had published more than thirty individual sketches when these were collected and published as Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, in five volumes between 1830 and 1833. This was followed by Tales of Ireland published in 1833, which placed Carleton in the first rank of Irish novelists.
Carleton wrote from the personal experiences he had with the scenes he described, especially in his short stories. It is for these reasons that the Traits of the Irish Peasantry has undergone so many editions and why it is still to be recommended to a contemporary readership.
*  Barrington's The Rise and Fall of the Irish Nation, 1833    
IE0030:  $18.40
The tenor of the publication may be gained from its subtitle: "A Full Account of the Bribery & Corruption by which the Union was carried; The Family Histories of the Members who Voted Away the Irish Parliament; With an Extraordinary Black List of the Title, Places, and Pensions which they Received for their Corrupt Votes."
Barrington's Rise & Fall of the Irish Nation minutely details the events of the Irish legislature from the success of Henry Grattan in 1782 until the passing of the Act of Union between Great Britain in Ireland in 1800. As King's Counsel and Judge of the Admiralty, Barrington was well-placed to record the machinations on both sides of the debate.
Perhaps the most interesting portion of Barrington's publication appears in the last handful of pages. Here he publishes his so-called Red and Black Lists. The Red List accounts for every member of the Irish Parliament that voted against the Act of Union and the Black List, every member that voted for Union. The annotations besides the majority of those that voted for Union are salacious to say the least and Barrington obtusely records the patronage, titles and monies received by many of those that voted for the Union.
Republished in full-searchable CD-Rom format, covering some 200 pages, this republication is a must for anyone interested the passing of the Act of Union.
*  Meehan's The Confederation of Kilkenny, 1905    
IE0031:  $18.40
Published in Dublin in 1905 at the behest of Gavan Duffy this book formed part of the Library of Ireland publications series, the aim of which was posit an alternative view of current events - that concerned with the nation's struggle against dominion.
As one would expect the Confederation of Kilkenny details the major conflicts during the Confederacy as well as the considerable political machinations and intrigue that dominated the period, especially those surrounding the chief protagonists, Owen Roe O'Neill, Lord Inchiquin, General Taafe and the Duke of Ormond. Meehan's history culminates in 1649 with the invasion of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell
Containing some 350 pages, Meehan's publication also contains a comprehensive appendix and some appendices of interest, which includes the trial of Sir Phelim O'Neill. Fully searchable, this CD-Rom republication of Meehan's Confederation of Kilkenny is highly recommended to anyone interested in the confederacy period.
*  HMC, Report on Franciscan Manuscripts preserved at the Convent, Merchant's Quay, Dublin, 1906    
IE0044:  $24.60
The Report on Franciscan Manuscripts details the manuscripts that had survived from the establishment of the Irish Franciscan College of St. Isadore in Rome especially those detailing communications with its first Guardian, Luke Wadding. These manuscripts have since been known as the 'Wadding Papers'. These manuscripts were transferred from Rome to Dublin in 1872.
The Franciscan Manuscripts were transcribed and edited by G. D. Burtchaell and J. M Rigg and this fully-searchable CD-Rom republication of their work contains some 320 pages.  Many of the manuscripts are letters to Luke Wadding concerning the periods 1641 to 1645 and are considered well-informed and accurate in their portrayal of the events taking place in Ireland during this pivotal period.
This fully-searchable CD-Rom republication of the Historical Manuscripts Commission Report on Franciscan Manuscripts must appeal to anyone with an interest in the 1641 rebellion in Ireland and the communications made to Luke Wadding in Rome during this period. 
*  Real Life in Ireland by a Real Paddy, 1821    
IE0045:  $14.00
This book has a sub-title, "of the day and night scenes, rovings, rambles, sprees, bulls, blunders, Boddekeation and blarney of Brian Boru, Esq., and his elegant friend Sir Shawn O'Dogherty; Exhibiting a real picture of characters, manners, etc., in high and low life in Dublin and various parts of Ireland embellished with humorous coloured engravings, from original engravings by the most eminent artists".
Recognized as a continuation of Pierce Egan's (1772-1849) hilarious volumes on Life in London, it is suspected that "Real Paddy" was Egan's pseudonym. Like Life in London, Real Life in Ireland was initially shunned by educated readers and even a quick glance at the language and misdeeds of the central characters, Brian Boru and Sir Shawn O'Doherty, reveal that such a publication may once have been able to cause and give offence. However, Real Life in Ireland is more akin to the works of Flann O'Brien and although written nearly 200 years ago is very readable and very funny.
Opening with the discharge of Shawn O'Dogherty from college in Dublin  and accompanied by many humerus cartoons of Brian Boru's adventures, the characters travel from Belfast to make merry in Dublin. Real Life in Ireland provides a clear account of Dublin and its inhabitants, as well as the major sights and attractions of its suburbs.
All-in-all, the 368 pages of Real Life in Ireland is a highly entertaining and extremely funny read and has much to recommend it to a modern readership. 
*  Henry's Upper Lough Erne in 1739    
IE0046:  $18.40
The Reverend William Henry's, "Upper Lough Erne" was compiled by him in 1739 but remained in manuscript until its publication in 1892.
Of great interest because of the early date of its compilation, Henry describes the purpose of the manuscript as, "to take a journey along the entire length of the Upper Lough from its source to the ocean making descriptions of the principal geographical features and gentlemen's seats as I go."   The book gives the names of the townsmen of Enniskillen together with their arms dating from the 1630s and lists of officers of various Fermanagh Regiments at the time of their dissolution, e.g., William Wolsely's Regiment of Horse, Abraham Creighton's Regiment of Foot and Brigadier Tiffin's Regiment - all dissolved in 1698.   The appendices include contemporary accounts of the Great Fire of Enniskillen in 1705 and a list of Crown Tenants in Fermanagh from 1678.
At every opportunity Sir Charles King provides, in a plethora of editor's footnotes, detailed genealogies and biographical notices on all of the families mentioned by Henry.
Containing 95 printed pages with an alphabetical index, King's published edition also contains a number of useful appendices including a description of Enniskillen in 1611, and a list of the burgesses and provosts of the town from the following year.
*  Ulster for your holiday, The Ulster Tourist Development Association Ltd., 1939    
IE0068:  $18.40
The Official Publication of the Ulster Tourist Development Association, Ltd., containing some 286 printed pages it was the complete tourist guide to the Province of Northern Ireland.
The Tourist Guide to Ulster is introduced by a short general history of the Province and the transport available to the prospective visitor both to get to Northern Ireland and to travel around the province.
From this point onward the Ulster Tourist Guide presents a plethora of, topographic, historical and archaeological facts on each of the six counties of the Province, making this something more than your average tourist guide. Beginning with Belfast, a picture of the city's origins and history is painted, by the author,  Alfred S. Moore, for the reader to both excite and leave him in no doubt that this was a capital of considerable note. Accompanied by a large fold-out street map with sketches of some of the most notable sites in Belfast such as the Botanic Gardens and the Harland and Wolff ship and engine works, this chapter as all the others includes dozens of black and white photographs.
Chapter two, Antrim, was written by Alexander Riddell and is introduced by a brief historical sketch of the county before the reader is availed of the history and attractions of the county's chief resorts - both seaside and historical - of interest.
The Guide then travels around and across the county visiting such places of interest as Carrickfergus, Kilroot and Swift, Whitehead and Islandmagee, Larne, Ballygally, Glenarm, Carnlough, Cushendal, Cushendun, Ballycastle, Bushmills, The Giant's Causeway, Portballintrae, Dunluce Castle, Portrush - a child's paradise - Ballymoney, Ballymena, Antrim and Lisburn. The chapter is packed full of photographs of each destination and is once again jammed full of advertisements, poetry, historical interests and descriptions.
The Guide is concluded with sections on the Province's archaeology and ancient monuments, and a detailed tourist map that illustrates and accompanies the text.
*  Rev. James Dowd, Round about the County of Limerick, 1896    
IE0069:  $24.60
Rev. James Dowd's, "Round About the County of Limerick: Illustrated", contains 377 printed pages arranged into seventeen chapters, and 11 appendices.  It is illustrated with maps and photographs.
Dowd was a local historian, and his objective for this publication was simple: using a number of focal points - his chapter headings - he intended taking the reader on an archaeological and historical tour of Limerick, pointing out events and topography that rendered many of them memorable.
Dowd provides the history and a detailed description of each town as it stood at the time of writing and in 1775. More detailed examination is given to significant buildings and the chapter is concluded with the presentation of several historical documents including Charters to the town.
Chapter headings include Knockainy, Adare, Askeaton, Newcastle West and Castleconnell and the Burke country.
The author permits himself several asides. These include entire chapters on the Knights of Glin and the Ardagh Cup as well as others
This is an easy and enjoyable read of some of the more notable historical events and topographies of the county and will appeal to anyone wishing to learn more about it.
*  B. J. Long & D.E. O'Connor (ed), Tipperary's Annual, 1910    
IE0070:  $14.00
Contains 185 printed pages packed with stories, photographs, anecdotes, local history and local advertisements. The Annual was only published from 1909 to 1913 and again from 1954 to 1955.  As early as the late 1950s these were extremely rare and hard to come by with single editions changing hands for approximately €40 in the mid-1990s.
As one would expect from a county magazine of this type, Tipperary's Annual is replete with local items of interest, which the editor's felt were right for 'A Magazine for the Homes of Tipperary' in order 'To Elevate, To Instruct, To Amuse'. The Annual includes thirty-six articles of varying length, which are interspersed with items of poetry and accompanied by a total of thirty-three illustrations all of which will be of particular interest to aficionados of the county.
*  Rev. G. Hansbrow, An Improved Topographical and Historical Hibernian Gazetteer, 1835
IE0071:  $30.70
The Topographical and Historical Hibernian Gazetteer contains some 426 printed pages.  The full title of this publication reads: "An Improved Topographical and Historical Hibernian Gazetteer; Describing the Various Boroughs, Baronies, Buildings, Cities, Counties, Collieries, Castles,, Churches, Curiosities, Fisheries, Glens, Harbours, Lakes, Mines, Mountains, Provinces, Parishes, Rivers, Spas, Seats, Towers, Towns, Villages, Waterfalls, etc., Scientifically Arranged, with an Appendix of Ancient Names. To which is Added, An Introduction to the Ancient and Modern History of Ireland by The Rev. G. Hansbrow."
The Gazetteer is introduced by a lengthy History of Ireland. This is detailed in twenty-seven sections detailing, amongst other things, the geography of Ireland; how Ireland got its name; the first settlers; the ancient learning and religion of the country as well as its ancient laws and governance before the arrival of the Normans and English; the 'insurrection' of 1641 and Rebellion of 1689; the origins of the Irish Constitution; the Irish Volunteers and Rebellion of 1798; tithes, the Poor Laws, the economy and the curiosities of Ireland.   The introductory section of the Gazetteer, amounting to some 100 pages is concluded by Hansbrow's thoughts on the 'prospects and progress of Ireland'.
The Gazetteer proper, alphabetically arranged extends to some 300 printed pages. Written very much in the manner as Samuel Lewis's two-volume Topographical Dictionary of Ireland published in London in 1837, Hansbrow's work still deserves a place on the bookshelf of discerning Irish readers.
*  Rev. James Dowd, Limerick and its Sieges, 1890 2nd Edition    
IE0080:  $18.40
This second edition is republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom, containing just under 200 printed pages, including a number of illustrations and photographs.
Beginning with the arrival of the Danes and the earliest recorded instances of Luimneach, Dowd records some of the more notable sieges of the city and describes the Old City, the growth of the modern city of Limerick and some of the neighbourhoods situated in the immediate vicinity of the city.
Dowd also describes some of the exceptional remains of the Old City. These included King John's Castle, the Cathedral, Irish Town, English Town, the City Walls, the Citadel and more.
These descriptions of the old city are important because the period between 1850 and 1890 was one of growth of the City, which involved the dismantling of large portions of the city's wall, the construction of new streets and the building of public edifices.
This is a valuable little publication on Limerick City and its neighbourhood written by one of the best known local historians of Limerick in the 19th century.
*  Sylvester O'Halloran, History of Ireland, 1850    
E0081:  $24.60
This publication contains Sylvester O'Halloran's History of Ireland from the earliest times to 1171, and is continued with Dolby's History of Ireland from the Invasion of Henry the Second to the present, compiled from the works of the most approved writers on the subject, by W[illia]m Dolby and a committee of Admirers of Irish History.   This publication contains 860 printed pages together with a number of copper-plate illustrations of notable Irish personalities such as Wolfe Tone and Daniel O'Connell.
O'Halloran's History of Ireland was first published in Ireland in 1774 and his preface to William Dolby's publication is dated Limerick 12th January 1778.  
Republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom, O'Halloran's History of Ireland down to 1171 coupled with William Dolby's History of Ireland from Henry II to the end of the 1840s is a monumental defence of Irish history and culture and one that should not be missed by anyone interested in Irish history and historiography.
*  Wallace Nutting, Ireland Beautiful, 1925    
IE0082:  $15.90
On this fully searchable CD-Rom is the first edition of Wallace Nutting's Ireland Beautiful. Published by the Old American Company at Framingham, Massachusetts as one part of a set of similar publications.   All the publications were renowned for their illustrations, this one containing 304 pictures of every county in Ireland.
Ireland Beautiful is dedicated 'to those Americans who, from birth, have loved or who have learned to love old Ireland'. As with his publications in American states, Ireland Beautiful attempts to capture Ireland as it was and perhaps would never be again. Although not professing Ireland Beautiful to be a guide book in the strictest sense of the meaning, Nutting admitted to having travelled more than 7,000 miles and visited every county in Ireland between 1922 and 1925 in addition to having taken all the photographs appearing in the publication (which have been rendered as 'half-tone engravings'.) Nutting visited most of the traditional beauty spots of Ireland and photographs them all, however, Ireland Beautiful is replete with images of his greatest passion: the ordinary. To this end more than half of the illustrations in this publication are of a more humble and simple way of life, notably the rural cottage, the cottier and the labourer. It was these themes that made Nutting famous and have ensured that his photography and the subjects that he chose and have long since passed, still endure.
A lovely publication that should not be missed by lovers of Ireland and lovers of photography.
*  The Poll Book of Monmouthshire, 1847    
IE5011:  $18.40
The full title of this CD-Rom republication, "A List of the Voters in the County of Monmouth with the Votes given to each Candidate, at the Contested Election of 10th and 11th August 1847".
At the time of the enumeration of the 1841 Census of England and Wales the population of the County of Monmouthshire was 134,314 inhabitants which can be compared to the number of qualified and registered voters which amounted to 5,365, of which only 4,436 cast their vote.
The Monmouth Poll Book for 1847 is arranged firstly by Polling District and within each Polling District by Parish. The names of all the registered voters is given in the Poll Book arranged alphabetically within each of the Polling Districts. The names of registered voters were given irrespective of whether or not they actually cast a vote. The abode of each voter is also given, which in a considerable number of instances is not within the same polling district on even county, indicating an absentee who retained land or property interests within the county of Monmouth. Finally, the Poll Book records the name of the candidate for who each voter cast his vote.
The result of the August 1847 election was as follows: 'Majority of Mr. Morgan over Lord Granville 104. Majority of Lord Granville over Capt. Somerset 43'.  John Lloyd's Poll Book for the 1847 Monmouth election should appeal to anyone interest in the politics of Monmouth, its election and notable residents.
*  A Directory of Sheffield, 1787    
IE5012:  $18.40
This republished edition of the Sheffield Directory was actually published in 1889 and it extends to 126 printed pages.  The Directory is full of curios, and extremely useful details on the merchants, traders and manufacturers of the town.
The full title of this Directory is: "A Directory of Sheffield Including the Manufacturers of Adjacent Villages: with the several marks of the Scissor and Filesmiths, Edgetool and Sickle Makers. To which are added, the Regular Setting out and Return of Posts, and a Correct List of the Coaches & Wagons".  
This is one of the oldest and most complete directories for Sheffield.  It exhibits some unusual trades for 21st century tastes, for example, ____ Sleigh of Pond Lane was advertised as a 'cock weapon maker', but it is of the tradesmen and their marks that most benefit can be derived. Many of these are of simple design and point to the origin for the trades person. For example, Thomas Blake of Green Lane used the trademark 'Wath' and Robert Skidmore that of 'Eyam', which were undoubtedly the villages where the tradesman originated.
The 1787 Directory of Sheffield is a little gem of a publication.
*  The Survey of London 1603 by John Stow    
IE5013:  $24.60
John Stow's Survey of London was first published in 1598 and since then has been the subject of numerous editions, some of which have resulted in editorial changes and insertions of subsequent places and events. This CD-Rom republication of Stow's work is taken from the 1916 London 'Mansion House' edition.
For its day, Stow's Survey of London was unique, and many contemporary commentators have observed that his minute descriptions of Elizabethan London, although at times quaint, have not been surpassed. The Survey of London records with candour and humour the social conditions and customs of London during the end of the reign of Elizabeth I in addition to almost forensic account of the city's buildings. This level of detail was not restricted to to the grander buildings of London as Stow was fascinated also by the working life.
Containing in excess of 520 printed pages, Stow's Survey is divided into twenty or so chapters, recording the city's customs, places of learning, walls, gates and other topographical features. The 1603 edition is prefaced by Norden's Map of London, which appeared in 1593, and is concluded by Fitzstephen's 11thc. description of the city.
Stow's Survey of London must appeal to anyone interested in the city of London, in Elizabethan England and its manners and customs and would greatly aid any scholar or reader of Elizabethan literature.
*  The Placenames of Middlesex, 1922    
IE5014:  $18.40
"The Place Names of Middlesex Including those parts of the County of London formerly Contained with the Boundaries of the Old County" was compiled by J. E. B. Gover and published by Longmans, Green & Co..
The title of this publication provides the geographical boundaries of his survey, although a few liberties are taken, such as including Aldgate, which even at the time of writing was part of the City of London proper. Having said this, as the author rightly notes, that although Middlesex is the second to smallest county in Britain, it like the rest of the home counties was heartily under represented both in the field of county studies in general and more especially etymological publications such as this.
The form of the publication is based on the standard form of etymology study. Using a plethora of published and manuscript sources the compiler gathered together all the recorded spellings for each place name and placed these in chronological order. Having done this, the meaning of each place name is interpreted paying particular attention to sound laws and topographical locations of each place. Grove has included in his study names that could no longer be found on a standard Ordnance Survey map, which were thus deemed to be extinct.
Republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom, the 133 printed pages of the Place Names of Middlesex must appeal to anyone interested in tracing the place names in the county.
*  Report of an Enquiry into Working Class Rents, Housing and Retail Prices, 1908    
IE5015:  $24.60
Containing some 670 pages, data presented in the report dates from enquiries made in October 1905.
The full title of the Report provides a clear indication into the nature of the Parliamentary Enquiry: "Cost of Living of the Working Classes. Report of an Enquiry by the Board of Trade into Working Class Rents, Housing and Retail Prices, together with the Standard Rates of Wages Prevailing in Certain Occupations in the Principal Industrial Towns of the United Kingdom."
The report provides the findings of a survey of the most basic cost of living (food and accommodations) for working people as compared to the wages they received for their labor.  The level of detail varies with the diversity of local industry and of prevailing conditions.  The report also commented on living conditions, primarily with a view to public health, i.e., sanitation.  Similar studies were underway in Europe and together these may have formed the basis for a social revolution if the Great War hadn't intervened.
The Cost of Living of the Working Classes will make a valuable addition to the social and family historian alike.
*  Highways & Byways in Derbyshire, 1905    
IE5041:  $18.40
Originally published in London, 1905, this first edition is republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom.
The book contains more than 500 printed pages, including several maps recording the meandering routes taken by the book's author, John Benjamin Firth, who chose to take many short trips from central points.  There are more than 80 pen and ink illustrations by Nelly Erichsen, providing a wonderful mix of topography, local history and folklore, which perhaps more than ever allows the reader to rediscover parts of Britain that have long disappeared or have been forgotten.
John Benjamin Firth undertook more than thirty expeditions across the length and breadth of Derbyshire, which he stated were more or less arbitrary, but always preferring the byways to the dusty highways of the county,   Nelly Erichsen's illustrations of Derbyshire are delightful and compliment Firth's text beautifully.
*  Baddeley & Ward, Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall, 8th & 9th editions, 1904 & 1912    
IE5042:  $18.40
Republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom is the 8th and 9th editions of Baddeley & Ward's Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall. Published as part of Baddeley and Ward's 'Thorough Guide' Series, these editions contain 195 and 261 printed pages and carries the full title of "Thorough Guide Series: North Devon [Including West Somerset] and North Cornwall. From Exmoor to the Scilly Isles with a Description of the Various Approaches."
Written for the independent tourist travelling on foot, bicycle by coach or rail these guides were at the time of their publication particularly highly regarded and praised in the national newspapers for their accuracy, tasteful topographic descriptions and beautiful maps. The 9th edition for North Devon and North Cornwall includes a number of gradient route maps designed for cyclists, which also note dangerous bends in roads and approaches into towns and villages.
The Guide includes fifteen main destinations: Exeter, Barnstaple, Dulverton, Lynton, Ilfracombe, Clovelly, Lundy, Bideford, Bude, Boscastle, Wadebridge, St. Agnes, Land's End, Lizard and the Scilly Isles and includes all the major towns in between such as: Exmoor, Newquay and Penzance. Each of the destinations is accompanied by descriptions of how to get there be it by rail, bicycle or coach and on arrival where to stay. From these focal points the Thorough Guide provides notes for all the activities available in the area, as well as descriptions provided by Ward on the local buildings, places and sights of interest.
One of the distinguishing features of the Thorough Guides series are the excellent maps and plans that accompany the guides. This edition includes fifteen coloured, contoured maps as well as street plans of the towns of Exeter, Ilfracombe, Newquay and Penzance as well as a diagram of the interior of Exeter Cathedral.
A worthy addition for anyone with an interest in the north Devon and Cornwall areas of England.
*  Baddeley & Ward, Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall, 1915    
IE5044:  $18.40
Republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom is the 8th edition of Baddeley & Ward's Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall. Published as part of Baddeley and Ward's 'Thorough Guide' Series, this edition contains 405 printed pages and carries the full title of Thorough Guide Series: South Devon & South Cornwall with a Full Description of Dartmoor and the Isles of Scilly.
Written for the independent tourist travelling on foot, bicycle by coach or rail these guides were at the time of their publication particularly highly regarded and praised in the national newspapers for their accuracy, tasteful topographic descriptions and beautiful maps.
The Guide includes thirty-four main destinations: Lyme Regis, Seaton, Sidmouth, Exeter, Exmouth, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Torquay, Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmore, Ashburton, Bovery Tracey, Lustleigh & Moreton Hampstead, Chagford, Okehampton, Lydford, Tavistock, Ivybridge, Plymouth & Devonport, Liskeard, Lostwithiel, St. Austell, Truro, Fowey, Falmouth, The Lizard, Marazion, St. Michael's Mount, Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. Each of the destinations is accompanied by descriptions of how to get there be it by rail, bicycle or coach and on arrival where to stay.
One of the distinguishing features of the Thorough Guides series are the excellent maps and plans that accompany the guides. This edition includes fourteen coloured, contoured maps, a number of street plans, and a diagram of the interior of Exeter Cathedral.
A worthy edition to anyone with an interest in the north Devon and Cornwall areas of England.
*  Francis Darwin (ed.) Charles Darwin: His Life Told in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of his Published Letters, 1902    
IE5045:  $18.40
First published in 1892 this edition was published in 1902.
Containing some 350 printed pages, Francis Darwin's Charles Darwin details in thirteen chapters much of the life of Charles Darwin revealed mainly through his correspondence with colleagues, with a large portion of the book given over to the development of the ideas and eventual publication of the work that was to eventually change the way man viewed everything about himself and the world which he inhabited: Origin of the Species.
The book is concluded by the impact of the Origins of the Species in the decade after its publication together with more detailed examinations on some of Charles Darwin's botanical work.
This is a timely republication 150 years after Darwin's original publication of the thesis that changed the way we think about our origins.
*  Arthur L. Salmon, Cornwall, 1903    
IE5053:  $15.90
Containing some 290 printed pages Cornwall is not a guide book in the traditional sense, but more a topographical dictionary of the places of Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.
Salmon set out to produce a 'satisfactory guide book' for the county he undoubtedly loved beyond all other and in this he intended to include notices on the architecture, history, legend, lore and science of a county unlike any other in England.
The publisher's aim for their Little Guides series was to produce travel literature in a form that was: 'handy and charming', had artistic merit, good plans and maps recording everything of interest in the natural features, history, archaeology and architecture of the county.  The guide to each of the the counties followed a set formula: they were introduced with a general description of the county. This section was followed by an alphabetical account of all the chief places and towns of interest and as such this section is more akin to a topographical dictionary. Without information in hotels and places to stay and no route maps for the tourist the Little Guides series are not practical guide books, but they do contain wonderful descriptions of the counties.
Fully-indexed and wonderfully illustrated, Cornwall is a fascinating and extremely useful dictionary of the chief places of interest in this unique county.
*  Kelly's Directory of Suffolk, 1933    
IE5054:  $24.60
Republished here on full-searchable CD-Rom is Kelly's Directory of Suffolk, which was published in 1933. Containing some 688 printed pages. While it was primarily a directory, it also served as the gazetteer.
Published with a large fold-out map, it provides a thorough topographical description of every town, parish, village and township, describing the principal buildings and geographical objects of interest. Great care is also taken in Kelly's treatment of the ecclesiastical divisions of the county with descriptions of all the churches, cathedrals the value of the livings, parochial incumbents and patrons. The same level of detail is provided for the civil and local administration of the county with full information on county courts, districts fairs, markets, county hunts as well as communications such as rail and post throughout the county.
Beginning with Acton and ending with Yoxford,
This edition of Kelly's Directory of Suffolk is prefaced by a topographical and geological description of the county and is concluded with an extensive alphabetical list of the county's chief residents and commercial interests. In addition this edition also includes pages of full and half-page advertisements, many containing useful sketches and photographs from the period.
For anyone with even the slightest interest in the residents, topography of descriptions of the county of Suffolk this fully-searchable 1933 edition of Kelly's Directory of Suffolk is not to be missed.
*  Adam and Charles Black, Guide to the County of York, 1888 13th Edition    
IE5055: $18.40
Republished here on fully-searchable CD-Rom is the 13th edition of Adam & Charles Black's Guide to the County of York, which was published in Edinburgh in 1888. Contains some 570 printed pages, which include many etchings, large-scale maps, plans and diagrams as well as 135 pages of contemporary advertisements, predominantly hotels throughout Britain, Ireland and continental Europe, which many readers no doubt will find fascinating.
Black's Guide to the County of York is introduced with a number of tours throughout the county that the tourist could undertake mostly by the means of the extensive rail network. These tours included excursions, walks and things to see and do en route. This introduction is followed by a general historical and geographical description of the county enhanced by brief biographical sketches of eminent Yorkshire men.
The Guide begins in earnest with a description of the City of York, including a large fold-out street plan of the city, historical notes on the development of the city, the main sights of interest as well as etchings of the windows of York Minster and other notable churches and edifices in the city.
The remainder of Black's Guide, beginning with Airedale and ending with Whitby, provides detailed descriptions of each of the principal towns, how to get to them, where to stay and what to see.
If any of you have genealogy related questions of a general nature - or something specifically related to Archive CD Books - we'd be glad to publish your question in this newsletter to tap into the enormous fund of knowledge which I know is out there.
We are letting our Pre-Christmas sale run right up to Christmas but will be taking it down over the holiday.  
The good news is that when our Canadian topic products come off sale you will find that most of our regular prices have been permanently reduced.
In addition we are trying to organize a January sale of some of our British topic items.  That sale will be announced on our Facebook page and I will probably send out a brief message to newsletter subscribers once it is running.
Please note that our offices will be closed between Christmas and New Years.  However our website remains open 24/7 and will take your orders whenever you please.  It may just take a day extra or so for us to get them into the Mail.
During the last month we have pointed out a number of web sites offering new and / or free access to genealogy related resources.  Most of these tips are only valid for a few days and so cannot wait for our monthly newsletter to be circulated.  Consider joining our swelling number of fans so I can help you to get the most out of your internet genealogy.
GENE-O-RAMA 2010 (Ottawa OGS branch annual conference)
We have now received confirmation of our Vendor Space reservation for March 26 –27, 2010.  It is being held in the Library and Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St, Ottawa, Ontario.  This may be one of the last genealogy conferences held in this stately and impressive venue as the new building is supposed to be opening during 2010.  (Ah! To be able to park our vehicle!!)
Have YOU ever considered the benefit of the U.K. Census data being centrally available on ONE database, and being able to trace your ancestors from 1841 to 1891 for free?  This project aims to provide a "free-to-view" online searchable database of the 19th century UK census returns.
The FREECEN project is looking for new volunteers.  As a volunteer, you can help with Transcribing and Checking. This is done from CD's, and you can choose which County you volunteer to help with.  Ongoing help and support are freely given by County Coordinators and help lists.
In return, you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, expertise, a sense of community with other volunteers, a good laugh from time to time, satisfaction from helping both other volunteers and genealogists at large, and a sense of achievement.  It's a great project to be involved in!  Come and join us!
If you would like to help or obtain further information please contact Jenny by e-mail.
This is the time of year when we tend to review our progress over the last 12 months - hopefully realizing that our column of achievements contains more positive that negative entries.  While this, of course, has been a difficult year we seem to be coming out of it on the plus side and that is chiefly due to you, our loyal fans and customers.  You are the only reason we are here and we probably don't spend enough time thanking you for making what we do worthwhile.  So from Chris, my partner, and I we wish you a wonderful Year End holiday, a happy Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever may be appropriate to your beliefs, and most of all we hope that your next year turns out to be even better than this one was.
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9, January 2010, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic: Murder Most Foul - The Complete Story by Robert Brown.  Robert Brown will reconstruct the murder he discovered of his cousin, Michael "Mickey" Brown
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2, February 2010, Meeting of the Guelph Historical Society will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Norfolk and Suffolk Streets in Guelph, at 7:30 pm.
Subject: "The Early Settlement of Ontario: The Untold Story." Speaker: Dr. Catharine Wilson, Department of History, University of Guelph.
This meeting might be of interest to researchers.  Guests are welcomed with non-members' admission $5.00.  For more information contact, "Sue Visser"
13, February 2010, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic: Just Names on a List? Let's Take Another Look at Passenger Manifests By Glenn Wright.  Canadian passenger lists contain significantly more information on our ancestors than those from the 1870s and 1880s
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13, March 2010, BIFHSGO Meeting, 10:00 a.m. at Library & Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  Topic: Constable George Johnston's Road to Recognition By Gibson Glavin.  The tragic death of Constable Johnston, in 1882 at Fort Walsh.
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26 –27 March, 2010, GENE-O-RAMA 2010 (Ottawa OGS branch annual conference) at the Library and Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St, Ottawa, Ontario.  For further information call 613-821-2981 or e-mail .
May 14 TO 16, 2010, Essentials, Innovations and Delights - Ontario Genealogical Society Conference.  Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Toronto Airport, 655 Dixon Rd.  For more information visit:
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