File NLW MS 22731iE. - Thomas Pennant: Ornithology notes,

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NLW MS 22731iE.


Thomas Pennant: Ornithology notes,


  • [1760s]. (Creation)

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i-vi, [310] ff. ; 335 x 210 mm. Blind-tooled calf binding, rebacked.

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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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Signature of Thomas Pennant on title page and f. v verso.

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Bought for NLW at Sotheby's, lot 1964,; New York,; 12/13 December 1989

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A copy of F. Willughby and J. Ray, The Ornithology of Francis Willughby ... (London, 1678), once owned by Thomas Pennant (1726-98), naturalist and traveller (see The Literary Life of Thomas Pennant by himself (1793), p. 1), to which has been added a list of bird names in Latin and English in Pennant's hand (ff. ii-iv). Items found loose in the volume have been filed separately (NLW MS 22731iiE). A letter, 1966, tipped in on f. i, relates to previous ownership.

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See also NLW MS 22731iiE.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 22731iE.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • English



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  • Text: NLW MS 22731iE.