Ireland Considered as a Field for Investment or Residence (1853)

Author: William Bullock Webster

Book ID: 66687

Price: 195.00

Ireland Considered as a Field for Investment or Residence, By William Bullock Webster, Esq. Contains Folding Hand-Coloured Geological Map of Ireland showing Bog in Ireland, the Railways, Canals &c.‘ Dublin: Hodges Smith, 1853. Second Edition. Small 8vo. Pp (4) + xvi 125. Original blind-stamped red cloth, lettered in gilt on upper cover and spine; covers faded, contents in nice bright condition.

With two folding maps in the text. 

Webster, an Englishman resident in Ireland for four years, attempts to break down English prejudice that “in Ireland there is no security for either life or property’. He argues that social improvements have changed the Irish peasantry into hardworking, worthy citizens. There is much statistical material on contemporary prices, rainfall, crops, poor rates and natural resources. The fact that a second edition was needed within six months of the first exhibits the contemporary interest, and in the new preface Webster states that his continuing experience, drawn from extensive land purchases in both England and Ireland, has confirmed his earlier finding that the latter provided a better economic return.

The second edition is little changed but contains four pages of quotations form reviews of the first edition, and an additional large map showing both “Mountain” and “Red” Bogs at the end.

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