A Tour in Ireland. With General Observations on the Present State of that Kingdom Made in the Years, 1776, 1777 and 1778. Selected & Edited by Constanita Maxwell. Cambridge: The University Press, 1925. Frontispiece plate. Pp, 244, ith folded map to rear. Quarter cloth paper boards, a very good copy. Arthur Young (1741-1820) was widely regarded by his contemporaries as the leading agricultural writer of the time. Most famous are his Tours of England, Ireland and France, which mixed travel diaries with facts, figures and critical commentary on farming practices. Regarded as the most valuable examination ever undertaken of agriculture and social conditions in Ireland. Young's account of urban & rural life, of farming practice, industry and politics of the country remains one of the chief authorities for Irish economic conditions in the late 18th century.