Statistical Survey of the County Dublin. With Observations on the Means of Improvement; Draw up for the Consideration, and by Order of the Dublin Society, by Lieutenant Joseph Archer. Dublin: Graisberry, 1801. First edition. Pp (11), 276, (7); uncut. With folded map of the County of Dublin in which the 'Great Features of the County are Delineated.' Rebound in attractive half calf marbled boards. Spine ruled in gilt and with title, author and date in gilt directly to spine. Marginal water staining to preliminary and end leaves, otherwise in very good condition. 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.