A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. Containing Several Counties, Cities, Boroughs, Corporate, Market, and Port Towns, Parishes, and Villages, with Historical and Statistical Descriptions. Embellished with Engravings of the Arms of the Cities, Bishopricks, Corporate Towns, and Borougs; and the Seals of Several Municipal Corporations. With an Appendix, Describing the Electoral Boundaries of the Several Boroughs. Complete with Atlas volume. Two Volumes. London: Lewis, 1837. First Edition. Pp (I) lxvii, 674; (ii) 730, [Atlas]. Contemporary half calf, cloth boards, spines with raised bands, compartments stamped in gilt with russet letter-pieces. Covers lightly scuffed, inner hinge of vol 2 repaired, scattered foxing, but contetns generally bright & clean; Ex library stamps to endpapers & a few pages of atlas. A handsome set.
With the original Atlas volume, containing a large folded Map of Ireland & thirty-two county maps, bound-in at rear of volume two.
First published in 1837 in two volumes, with an accompanying atlas, Lewis's Dictionary marked a new and significantly higher standard in such accounts of Ireland. Along with visiting many of the sites in the book, the author sent proof sheets to knowledgeable locals in the area who would be able to add changes that had taken place in the meantime. Some of the entries are short, while others go deeper into history, geography, anecdotes, superstitions, and the life of the people in an area. The dictionary gives a unique picture of Ireland before the Famine.