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PENNANT, THOMAS (1726-1798)
SOME ACCOUNT OF LONDON, WESTMINSTER, AND SOUTHWARK: illustrated with portraits, views, historical prints, medals.
London Printed for the Illustrator. (1814). 4 volumes, quarto 12 x 9 1/2 inches. Handsomely leather bound in period green straight-grained morocco, boards with gilt floral borders- gilt spines, turn-ins and edges, slightly rubbed with minor skilled restoration. Titles printed in red and black, 266 engraved plates, maps, plans, and portraits, Mostly 19th century engravings- 8 after Hollar and 21 mezzotint portraits with the faces printed in colour published by S. Woodburn. Including 4 maps and plans, numerous other portraits published by Robert Peake and others, plus numerous views and prints of historical fashions. (Title to volume one creased). Noble provenance - with the bookplate of the Duke of Gloucester. A popular work that was purposely published to be 'grangerised', or extra-illustrated. Pennant was a naturalist, travel writer and antiquarian, who undertook many tours around both Britain and the European continent. A Welshman from Flintshire, Pennant made many visits to London, and first published An Account of London in 1790 which went through a large number of editions. It was written for like-minded antiquarians, with great detail on the architecture and monuments of London, as well giving biographical details of historical figures, and commenting on the habits and activities of the people Pennant met, their customs and superstitions. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Charles Russell, ABA, ILAB, est 1978 [cirencester, United Kingdom]
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