History of Quadrupeds.

PENNANT Thomas (1781)


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Second Edition (revised and enlarged; first published as Synopsis of Quadrupeds, Chester 1771, with 31 plates). 2 vols. 4to. [Text: 252 x 193 mm]. Engraved titles and 52 engraved plates.

Vol. 1: Engraved title with the crest (head of a Barbary Antelope) and motto of Thomas Pennant; xxiv, 284 pp., engraved plates I-XXXII, plus an engraved vignette on p. 92; Vol. 2: Engraved title with vignette of a Sea Otter; 285-566, [xiv indexes / advertisement] pp., engraved plates XXXIII-LII, plus an engraved vignette on p. [513]. Light foxing / spotting in the text, offsetting (usually light) from some the plates.

Contemporary tree-marbled calf, covers with a narrow gilt neo-classical roll border, smooth spines divided into six panels by a gilt greek-key roll, the second and third panels lettered on red and green morocco labels, the other panels with a gilt cornucopia roll; spot-marbled endleaves, yellow edges (joints rubbed, upper joint of Vol. 2 partly cracked but firm (for 100 mm from the bottom) and a shorter crack in the lower joint (50 mm from the bottom); minor wear to the headcaps, corners knocked or worn).

London: for B[enjamin]. White,

"The present edition has presumed to alter its title to that of HISTORY; not only on account of the vast additions it has received, by favor of my friends, but likewise to prevent confusion among such who may think them worthy of the honor of quotation." - Preface.


The newly-added animals are the Leucoryx Antelope (plate) VI, Common Antelope, and the Lyre Chelys (VIII), Arabian Camel & Bactrian Camel (XIII), Two-horned Rhinocerps (XV), Great Baboon (XVII & XVIII), Wood Baboon (XIX), Long-nosed Monkey & Prude Monkey (XXIII), Full-bottom Monkey (XXIV), Flying Maucuco (XXVII), Zerda (XXVIII), Brasilian Tiger & Mexican Tiger (XXXI), Opossum (XXXIV), Kangaru (XXXV), Yellow Weesel (XXXVI), Patagonian Cavy (XXXIX), Sibirian Jerboa (XLV), Hamster & Black Hamster (XLVI), Blind Mole-rat, Daurian Mole-rat & Cape Mole-rat (XLVII), Harp-seal (LI). 


The Opossum & Lesser Otter (XXXI) has been replaced with a new Opossum (XXXIV) and the Lesser Otter is now (XXXVIII), and the Casan Marmot & Lapland Marmot have been replaced with a Lemmus & an Earless Marmot (formerly XXV, now XLII). In addition a number of plates have had the animal;' names revised.


Provenance: Henrietta, Countess De Grey  with her bookplate (Earl's coronet with initials "H de G"?). Lady Henrietta Frances Cole (1784-1848), youngest daughter of William Cole, 1st Earl of Enniskillen, married in 1805 Thomas Philip de Grey, 2nd Earl De Grey (1781-1859). Anonymous sale, Christie 3/7/1977, lot 360 to Maggs.



Stock Code: 233443

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