Item NLW MS 23981E, f. 44. - Thomas Pennant letter,

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NLW MS 23981E, f. 44.


Thomas Pennant letter,


  • 17 July 1757. (Creation)

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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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Maggs Bros Ltd; London; Purchase; April 2010; 006006410.

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A letter, 17 July 1757, from T[homas] Pennant, Downing, to an unidentified fellow naturalist, ordering two copies of his new book ('the 1st volume of your History') and telling him of recent additions to his own collection.
The letter contains references to the naturalists 'B. Pontoppidan' [?Erik Pontoppidan, Bishop of Bergen], and [William] Morris of Holyhead.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23981E, f. 44.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: NLW MS 23981E, f. 44.