Lot 79 of 196:
Thomas Pennant Arctic Zoology  

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Arctic Zoology

[Pennant, Thomas]


Henry Hughes



2 volumes. [10], cc, (6), 185, [1 blank]; [2], (187)-586, [12], 1 errata pp. 24 engraved plates (one folding) including frontispiece. (4to) 24.5x19 cm. (9¾x7½"), later half calf and marbled boards, spines ruled in gilt, morocco labels. First Edition.

A supplement, not present here, was issued in 1787. "This famous treatise... was at first intended to bear a title indicating a study of the fauna of King George's dominions in North America. However, about this time the American colonies separated from the mother country, and the author adopted the above rather misleading caption." -- Wood. "Pennant also had a talent for observation and organization. He was able to combine his own observations with information from Thomas Hutchins, Ashton Blackburn, Alexander Garden, Benjamin Smith Barton, and Peter Simon Pallas, and thus to produce his classic work, 'Arctic Zoology.'" DSB X, page 509.

Lot Amendments

Bindings worn, joints and hinges cracking, edges worn; previous owner's red ink rubber-stamp markings on endpapers, the reverse of all plates, the title page of Volume 1 and several other locations throughout both volumes, a few notes in pencil or ink within, including the margins of a few plates; still good or better.

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