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A Philosophical and Statistical History of the Inventions and Customs of Ancient and Modern Nations in the Manufacture and Use of Inebriating Liquors;

Dublin: William Curry, Jun. and Company, and William Carson, 1838

8vo, pp. [xii] 745. Later three quarter leather binding with pebble grain cloth by H. Ahier, lettered in gilt to spine. Binder's label to front pastedown. Red marbled endpapers, edges stained red. Light foxing to preliminaries, but a very well preserved copy in a little rubbed and bumped binding.

Second, expanded edition, fully revised, and with the section relating to the consumption and effects of opium here added to the text first published in 1824.

In the 1820s Samuel Morewood was a Collector of Excise in Naas, working from Peter Place, Dublin:

'Samuel Morewood's work, although first published in 1824 and re-issued in 1838, contains statistical information which has proved reliable when cross-checked against contemporary official data. Because of Ireland's history of archival destruction, the publication by this Naas-based excise collector is valuable since it supplements primary data available in the NAI...'. (Patrick Given, Calico to Whiskey: A Case Study on the Development of the Distilling Industry in the Naas Revenue Collection District, 1700-1921, PhD Thesis, NUI, 2011).

According to Mr. Given, Morewood cites more than 600 authorities on the history and production of alcohol and other intoxicants in his book, which is dedicated to Frederick Robinson, the Earl of Ripon and one time MP for the borough of Carlow.

Keywords: Samuel MOREWOOD"

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