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A Tour in Scotland, and Voyage to the Hebrides; MDCCLXXII (Part 1 & 2)
Chester. London: John Monk. Benj. White, 1774 2 vols, Quarto, VG, both 1st eds, 90 pls, 1 map, 2 eng tps with vignettes. Both volumes in contemporary full speckled calf, some marks and scuffs, corners and edges lightly bumped and worn. Spines, gilt tooling, raised bands, titles and tooling in gilt to red leather labels. Internally, gilt tooling to board edges, armorial bookplates to fpd (Edward Harries AM), text block edges yellowed. Vol 1, engraved titlepage with vignette, (viii), [1], 2-379 pp, [1] advert, 43 pls (of 44, which includes 28 folding & 1 chart). Vol 2, Part 2, 1776, map frontis and the engraved titlepage with vignette present, [2], (iv), [1], 2-481 pp, [1] errata, [1], 2-34 pp, 47 pls (of 47, which includes 5 folding, 3 portraits, 2 plans), the map is dated 1777. Some light wear to joints, occasional light browning at edges, vol 2 has a small spine calf repair at base.A very good set, clean and tight, of the first edition of both titles. Uncommon as such, sometimes referred to as Pennants 2nd and 3rd tours of Scotland. (ESTC T113906 & T113911. Allibone 1553. Ben Cohen 118). Pennant, naturalist, traveller, and writer, undertook a tour of Scotland, chiefly of the highlands, a region then little known by outsiders yet of interest for its natural history. It is also 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’ (Pennant, Tour in Scotland, 287). See ODNB.
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