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PENNANT, Thomas.
The Literary Life of the Late Thomas Pennant, Esq. By HIMSELF.

pp. [viii] (first leaf is a blank), 144. Aquatint portrait frontispiece after Gainsborough, engraved view of Fountains Abbey by MOSES GRIFFITH, engraved portrait of The Rev. John Lloyd by MAZEL after Griffith, hand-coloured engraving THE CHURCH MILITANT. Publisher's sugar-paper boards, backstrip a bit worn at the ends, boards holding by the cords, uncut and largely unopened, the frontispiece and succeeding plates with a small ink-mark in the bottom margin diminishing from the front and which a previous owner has made an effort to wash out, one leaf dusty at the top edge, other than which a nice, clean copy on LARGE PAPER, ex libris RICHARD FREEMAN, Darwin scholar and bibliographer, with his purchase notes at the front.

*The Advertisement 'signed' by Pennant in dotted letters gives this announcement - 'The title-page announces the termination of my authorial existence, which took place on March 1st. 1791 [in fact, Pennant died in December 1798] . Since that period, I have glided through the globe a harmless sprite; have pervaded the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa, and described them with the same authenticity as Gemelli Carceri, or many other travellers, ideal or real, who are to this day read with avidity, and quoted with faith.' The Appendix reprints 8 Tracts, notable amongst which is 'Of the Patagonians', first issued in 1788 and limited to 40 copies. Of the four plates in this copy, that of John Lloyd and the coloured plate, are frequently lacking. In the copy offered here, the coloured plate is not folding, as usual - the plate-mark is visible all the way around and nothing is missing.

Sold by Benjamin and John White, Fleet-Street, and Robert Faulder, New Bond-Street. London.

Date Published: 1793. 4to.

Stock No. 62607

Price: 725.00