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A Tour of Scotland and Voyage to the Hebrides

By Thomas Pennant

1790

Benj White : London

10.5" by 8.5"

vi, vii, 440pp;

 

 

 

DETAILS

A beautifully illustrated travelogue on Scotland by Thomas Pennant. The fifth edition of this work, comprising of the first and second volumes of this three volume set.

This set is volumes I and II of what should be a three volume set on Scotland. Title page to volume II states 'part I' as the subsequent vol III was labelled part II. Collated using the binder's instructions and the present volumes are complete. With Folding map and forty two plates to volume I and forty-four plates to volume II. Thomas Pennant was a Welsh naturalist, author and antiquary. He enjoyed observing the geography, geology, flora and fauna around him and brought this passion into many written works. He wrote 'British Zoology', 'The History of Quadrupeds,' Arctic Zoology' and 'Indian Zoology' all of which were well acclaimed works. Interestingly, although writing the latter two works, Pennant never travelled further than mainland Europe. Pennant took many tours of Scotland, which was a relatively unexplored country at this point in time. His 'A Tour in Scotland' was written from his notes taken during his tours around the country for his 'Synopsis of Quadrupeds' and also from his second tour in the summer of 1772. For this second journey Pennant set off from Chester. This is a detailed work on Scotland, its animals, buildings, plants and society. Pennant's explanatory writing style is supported by a large selection of detailed plates.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding with marbled boards. Professional repairs to the joints of both volumes. Externally, generally smart. Original backstrips are heavily rubbed with a large amount of loss. Loss to the extremities. Joints are slightly strained but firm. Internally, both volumes are firmly bound. Pages are bright with occasional scattered spots. The odd instance of offsetting to the pages. Loosely inserted to volume I is details on the repair to the binding of this work which was complete in 2004.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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