CARLISLE, Nicholas. A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland; Exhibiting The Names of the several Cities, Towns, Parishes, and Villages, with the Barony, County and Province to which they respectively belong. The Valuation and Present State of the Ecclesiastical Benefices. The Distance and Bearing of every Place from the nearest Post-Office, and of the Post Offices from the Metropolis. Fairs. Members of Parliament, and Corporations. Charter Schools. And Assizes. To which is added, Miscellaneous Information respecting Monastic Foundations, and other matters of Local History. Collected from the most Authentic Documents, and arranged in Alphabetical Order. Being a Continuation of the Topography of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Printed for William Miller, 1810. Quarto. Contemporary full diced russia, covers with a narrow gilt floral roll, gilt and blind panel in centre crossed with gilt diamond shaped design. Spine professionally rebacked, title in gilt direct in the second panel, the remaining panels divided by gilt and blind rolls; board edges ruled in gilt; green and red endbands. Unobtrusive old stain to lower margin of four leaved at front. A near fine copy. Rare.
Nicholas Carlisle (1771-1847), FRS, MRIA, English antiquary and librarian was born in York. In 1806, he became a candidate for the office of Secretary to the Society of Antiquaries, which he obtained the following year. In 1812, he became an Assistant Librarian of the Royal Library; he went on to accompany that collection to the British Museum, which he attended two days each week. He wrote several topographical dictionaries of England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. He also wrote an historical account of Charitable Commissioners, and of Foreign Orders of Knighthood.