PENNANT Thomas (1776- 1777)
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Vol. I. Class I. Quadrupeds. II. Birds. [- Vol. II. Class II. Division II. Water-Fowl. With an Appendix. - Vol. III. Class III. Reptiles. IV. Fish. - Vol. IV. Crustacea. Mollusca. Testacea.]
Fourth Edition. 4 vols. 8vo. Vol. 1: xxxiii, v (errata / list of plates); 418, [4 errata / advertisements); 2: [viii], , 422-786; 3: [vi], [1-3], 4-425, [1 (errata); 4: , [i-iii], iv-viii, [10 (list plates)], , 2-154, [2 (corrections to spelling of Welsh names)] pp. Vols. 1-3 with letterpress & engraved titles, Vol.4 with engraved title only; 279 engraved plates (Vol. 1: 59 plates; 2: 44 + 9 in the Appendix +a folding leaf of engraved music "Compositions for two piping Bullfinches"; 3: 73 plates of which 2 are folding +1 engraved illustration in the text; 4: 93 plates). Text lightly browned in places, occasional minor spotting; some offsetting from the plates.
Contemporary binding, probably by the Edwards of Halifax Bindery in "Etruscan" style calf, the covers with a stained and stencilled design of an anthemion border and with a small inked neo-classical medallion in the centre of each cover; spot-marbled endleaves (each volume rebacked and tooled in gilt; board-edges worn and repaired
[1-3:] Warrington: by William Eyres, for Benjamin White, 1776. [4: London: for Benj. White, 1777.]
First published in folio between 1761 and 1766 with 132 plates of birds and quadrupeds and then expanded into 4 vols., 8vo., with reptiles, fish, molluscs, etc., 1768-70.
Provenance: C[harles]. W[illiam]. Osborn, 64, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, with early 20th-century bookplates.
Stock Code: 63250