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County Clare, A History and Topography
by Samuel Lewis

Books Ireland
February 1996

Clasp Press, Library Headquarters, Ennis.
159 pp, Price: €10.00, ISBN: 1 900545 00 4
(edn ltd to 1,000 copies of which we have No. 917)

All the Clare entries from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837), reprinted in alphabetical order, with the original preface, a list of the Clare subscribers to the original book and an index, thus presenting, as it says, "a pre-famine snapshot of Clare". Last summer we recorded a facsimile reprint of Lewis (with his counties Atlas) available from Kennys of Galway in three volumes at £145, and this idea of a reprint of the entries for one county is obviously a good one for those who can't or don't want to afford the all-Ireland book. The Clare map from Lewis's atlas forms the front endpaper. It is one of the products of the Clare Local Studies Project, set up by the County Library in partnership with FÁS as a training-cum-employment scheme, the trainees being responsible for finding the entries, putting them on to computer and reading proofs. The book is exceptionally well designed and presented in an attractive jacket and binding, and the skill and taste thus displayed must have rubbed off on the trainees and left them justifiably proud of their work.

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