File NLW MS 22195C - Gronovius: Letters to Thomas Pennant

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NLW MS 22195C


Gronovius: Letters to Thomas Pennant


  • 1762-1764 (Creation)

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20 ff. 235 x 190 mm. Guarded and filed

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Thomas Pennant, naturalist, antiquary and traveller, was born on the Downing estate in Flintshire. He was educated at Wrexham and London before entering Queen's College, Oxford aged eighteen. Thomas developed a love of the natural world at school and began travelling whilst at Oxford; in the following years he travelled widely throughout Britain and Europe. The Outlines of the Globe was Thomas's most ambitious literary project. The work originally took up twenty-two volumes but only four of these were published - two by Pennant himself and two by his son, David.

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Sold at; Phillips (lot 87),; 17 April 1986 (purchased for NLW)

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Ten letters in Latin, 1762-1764, from Laurent Theodor Gronovius (1730-?1778), Dutch naturalist, to Thomas Pennant (1726-1798), traveller and naturalist, mainly relating to their natural history studies and exchanges of books and specimens.

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For copies of other Gronovius letters in the same series in BL Add. MS 52274, see NLW Facs. 618


Preferred citation: NLW MS 22195C

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  • Text: NLW MS 22195C.