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The History of the Parishes of Whiteford, and Holywell
Engraved vignette on title & divisional title, an engraved head-piece, & 22 engraved plates (one double-page). 5 p.l., 172, [2], 185-328 pp. Large 4to, fine cont. red straight-grained morocco, gilt fillets round sides, turn-ins gilt, spine finely gilt, contrasting green morocco labels on spine, a.e.g. [London]: B. & J. White, 1796. [bound with]: -. The Literary Life of the late Thomas Pennant, Esq. By Himself. Engraved frontis. port. of the author, two engraved plates, and one engraved double-page & folding hand-colored plate. 3 p.l., 144 pp. Large 4to. London: B. & J. White & R. Faulder, 1793. First editions, bound together in a very fine contemporary binding of red straight-grained morocco, of two of the final books by Pennant (1726-98). The first offers a detailed local history and genealogical information on the Pennant family (Pennant's family had been at Whiteford since the Norman conquest). The second "hints at Pennant's sense of humour. It is signed only by dotted lines to indicate the death of the author: it is for that reason that his History of the Parishes is signed 'RESURGAM,' with its implication of literary resurrection. Pennant's Literary Life, which has several of his shorter works collected as appendices, makes clear his immense industry and the fact that his natural history writing and travelling were undertaken while fulfilling other responsibilities: he was high sheriff of Flintshire in 1761; author of pamphlets on road management and the militia laws; chairman in 1792 of the Flintshire Loyalist Association; and from 1763 improver of his own estates."-ODNB. Fine copies. Bookplate of Henry Merrik Hoare.
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.]
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