Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Lewis, Samuel (d.1865)
LEWIS, SAMUEL, the elder (d. 1865), publisher, carried on business successively in Aldersgate Street, Hatton Garden, and Finsbury Place South, London, under the style of ‘S. Lewis & Co.’ He is probably the Samuel Lewis who died at 19 Compton Terrace, Islington, on 28 Feb. 1865.
His best known publications, edited by Joseph Haydn [q. v.], were:
- ‘A Topographical Dictionary of England … and the Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, and Man … with Maps … and a Plan of London,’ &c., 4 vols. 4to, London, 1831 (7th edit. 1849). With the third edition (1835) was issued a supplementary volume, comprising a ‘View of the Representative History of England, with 116 engraved Plans.’
- ‘A Topographical Dictionary of Wales … with an Appendix, describing the Electoral Boundaries of the several Boroughs,’ &c., 2 vols. 4to, London, 1833 (4th edit. 1849).
- ‘A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland … with an Appendix describing the Electoral Boundaries of the several Boroughs,’ &c., 2 vols. 4to, London, 1837 (2nd edit. 1842). It was severely criticised in the ‘Dublin University Magazine’ (xii. 226–32).
- ‘Lewis's Atlas, comprising the Counties of Ireland and a general Map of the Kingdom,’ fol. London, 1837.
- ‘An Atlas, comprising Maps of the several Counties [of England and Wales], divided into Unions, and of the Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, and Man,’ 4to, London, 1842.
His son, Samuel Lewis the younger (d. 1862),wrote:
- ‘The History and Topography of the Parish of Saint Mary, Islington,’ 4to, London, 1842, founded upon John Nelson's work (1811).
- ‘Islington as it was and as it is,’ 8vo, London, 1854.
- ‘The Book of English Rivers. An Account of the Rivers of England and Wales,’ 8vo, London, 1855.
He died at Priory Villas, Canonbury, on 4 May 1862, having married Jane Burn Suter in 1859.
[Brit. Mus. Cat.; wills at Somerset House.]