Samuel Lewis

Life
The Elder (d.1865) and the Younger (d.1862), editors of topographical dictionaries and maps incl. notably Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837), based on statistics of 1831 census and incl. descriptions of 3,000 towns, villages and parishes divisions. ODNB

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Works
  • A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland / comprising the / several counties, cities, boroughs, corporate, market, and post towns, / parishes, and villages, / with / with historical and statistical descriptions; embellished with engravings of the arms of the Cities, Bishopricks, corporate towns, and boroughs; and the seals of several municipal corporations; with an Appendix, describing the electoral boundaries of the several boroughs, as defined by the acts of the 2d. and 3d. of William IV / by Samuel Lewis / in two volumes [2 vols.] (London: S. Lewis & Co. Aldersgate St. MDCCCXXXVII [1837]), (1) lxviii, 675 (2) ii, 740pp. [printed by Gilbert & Rivington, London; Vol. II commencing ‘Hackettstown’] The whole is av available at Library Ireland [online] Vol. II is available at Google Books online].
  • County Clare: A History and Topography [sel. rep. edn. of entries on Co. Clare] (Clasp Press 1999), 159pp.; Lewis’s Cork: A Topographical Dictionary of the Parishes, towns and Villages of Cork, city and County (Collins Press 1998).

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Bibliographical details
A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland
/ comprising the / several counties, cities, boroughs, corporate, market, and post towns, / parishes, and villages, / with / with historical and statistical descriptions; embellished with engravings of the arms of the Cities, Bishopricks, corporate towns, and boroughs; and the seals of several municipal corporations; with an Appendix, describing the electoral boundaries of the several boroughs, as defined by the acts of the 2d. and 3d. of William IV / by Samuel Lewis / in two volumes
[2 vols.] (London: S. Lewis & Co. Aldersgate St. MDCCCXXXVII [1837]), (1) lxviii, 675 (2) ii, 740pp. [printed by Gilbert & Rivington, London; Vol. II commencing ‘Hackettstown’] The whole is av available at Library Ireland [online] Vol. II is available at Google Books online; pdf. copy attached; accessed 25.05.2011].

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References
De Burca Catalogue (1997) lists A Topographical Dictionary and Atlas of Ireland, 3 vols., comprising the several counties, cities, boroughs, corporate market & post towns, parishes & villages; with historical and statistical descriptions; embellished with engravings of the arms of the Cities. List of subscribers. With atlas comprising a large fold. map of Ireland and 32 county maps bound in volume two. London, Lewis 1837. Pages (1) lxviii, 675 (2) ii, 740, with Atlas. V.good in recent buckram; scarce best edition [475].

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University of Ulster Library (Morris Collection) holds A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 2 vols. (1st edn. 1837); 2nd edn. (1847), with ‘Atlas’, 62pp.

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