General View of the County Wicklow (1801)
Book ID: 60359
General View of the County Wicklow. The Agriculture and Mineralogy, Present State and Circumstances of the County Wicklow, with Observations on the Means of their Improvement, Drawn up for the Consideration of The Dublin Society by Robert Fraser. Dublin: Graisberry, 1801. First and only edition. Pp, 284, , with large folded map of Co. Wicklow in colour in the text. Rebound in recent green morocco, marbled boads, title labels to spine. Contents in near fine condition throughout. The third of the Dublin Society’s surveys, only 150 copies were printed, making it one of the rarest of these surveys. The Irish Statistical Survey was carried out under the direction of the Royal Dublin Society. Each county was surveyed with the aim of determining the ‘actual state, capabilities and defects of agriculture, manufactures and rural economy’. In practice the surveys contained a vast quantity of local information on almost every aspect of the county surveyed. Because these studies were carried out under central direction the quality of the information provided is good, and given their early date, they remain an invaluable source for the study of each county. They record many details about conditions in pre-Famine Ireland, including social and economic conditions, the growth of population and poverty, education, religion, history, the Irish language and local customs.