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PENNANT, Thomas.

Outlines of the Globe.

Published: London: Henry Hughs [& John White,] 1798-1800

Stock code: 67531

Price: £3,750

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First editions. Pennant is best known for his tours through the British Isles and for his British and Arctic Zoologies, works which are “distinguished by his personal energy, a keen observational sense, and by methodological organization and attention to facts … he may be said to exemplify those gentleman scholars of nature in the later eighteenth century whose interests in natural knowledge aimed at national improvement through intellectual enquiry” (ODNB). The present work, however, was “the only published outcome of twenty-two manuscript volumes of imaginary travels throughout the world. The first two volumes focused upon Hindustan and, although works of imagination, drew upon his knowledge of India and the writings of the explorer James Rennell” (ODNB). The set comprises Western Hindoostan; Eastern Hindoostan; The View of India Extra Gangem, China, and Japan; and The View of the Malayan Isles, New Holland, and the Spicy Islands. This last volume includes a short preliminary history of Australia and Norfolk Island, including a folding map of New Holland with Van Dieemen’s Land as a peninsula, and an account of New Guinea. “The first two volumes in this set … though they are highly regarded, are not rare; however, the third and fourth volumes are quite scarce” (Hill).

4 volumes, quarto (293 229 mm). Contemporary lightly sprinkled calf, neatly rebacked, red morocco lettering piece and green morocco numbering piece, flat spine, compartments formed of double rules, small rosette tools to the compartments, marbled endpapers. 21 engraved plates, 3 folding maps, 2 vignettes. Slightly rubbed at the extremities, light toning, some mild offsetting and foxing, but a very good set.

Bibliography: Ferguson 278: Hill 1321.

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