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A tour in Scotland; MDCCLXIX
Warrington: Printed by W. Eyres, MDCCLXXIV [1774]. Full Leather. Very Good +. Third Edition. 4to; xiii, [1], 388, [2]pp. Extra-Illustrated with an engraved title page and 39 full-page copper-plate engravings (many folding), only 21 of which are enumerated in the list of plates. Bound in full leather with five raised bands to the spine, which has been skillfully rebacked. End papers renewed, offsetting in places, and the odd spot or grubby mark, else contents are clean and bright throughout. A Very Good or better copy. The titlepage is engraved. With a final leaf of advertisements for Benjamin White in London. ESTC Citation No. T113910 Pennant is sometimes considered the leading British zoologist after John Ray and before Charles Darwin. But he was also an inveterate traveller who, In 1769, undertook a tour of Scotland, chiefly of the highlands, a region then little known by outsiders yet of interest for its natural history. A Tour in Scotland, 1769, first published in 1771, "is of interest for its descriptions and for its method: Pennant circulated ‘Queries, addressed to the Gentlemen and Clergy of North-Britain’ [Scotland] with standard questions about natural history and the past and present state of the parish in order to allow locals to give ‘a fuller and more satisfactory Account of their Country, than it is the Power of a Stranger and transient Visitant to give.' In that regard Pennant has much in common with the earlier use of circulated queries by natural philosophers such as Robert Boyle and, in Scotland, by the natural historian and geographer Sir Robert Sibbald, and Pennant importantly prefigures the parish-based assessment of Scotland published by Sir John Sinclair in the 1790s." (ODNB)
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