Statistical Survey of the County of Donegal. With Observations on the Means of Improvement: Drawn Up in the Year 1801, for the Consideration, and Under the Direction of the Dublin Society. Dublin: Grainsberry, 1802. First edition. Pp xv, 127. Map of Donegal folded in text. Rebound in recent green morocco, marbled boads, title labels to spine. Contents in near fine condition throughout. One of the scarcer titles in the statistical survey series as only 250 copies were printed. 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.