Statistical Survey of the County of Cork with Observations on the Means of Improvement; Drawn Up for the Consideration and by Direction of the Dublin Society
TOWNSEND, Horatio, Rev.
Rev. Townsend's survey was commissioned by the Dublin Society and its focus is on Cork County's agricultural economy. Sections cover geography, inhabitants, antiquities, ecclesiastical places, agriculture, and the various baronies. An errata page follows the table of contents. It provides an important historical study of a portion of Ireland that was dominated by Anglo-Protestant landowners with the indigenous Irish population working as labourers in conditions similar to serfdom. What is particularly important is that it was completed only a few decades before the Great Famine (a potato blight that destroyed the food source that these labourers were completely depended upon). By the 1840s, these Protestant landowners, whose non-potato crops were just fine, chose to send their harvest to England for profit rather than feeding their workers who were literally dying in the streets of starvation. Cork would never have been the same since a quarter of its indigenous population starved to death, and many more desperately migrated to Canada and the United States. This book gives the reader a historical picture of Ireland in the years leading up to that humanitarian crisis.
Publisher: Graisberry and Campbell
Date Published: 1810
Place Published: Dublin
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: xx, 749, 104 p. 22 cm half leather binding with marble-papered boards. Features colour fold-out map, tearing near anchor and at fold corners, owner's signature on its back. Rebound in attractive half leather with marbled boards. Dampstains, small tears on title page, text stained in appendix from p. 96 to end. Occasional foxing throughout but text is highly legible.