Pennant, Thomas; A Tour from Downing to Alston-Moor. London, Wilson & Co, 1801. Large quarto, pp. viii, 195, 27 engraved plates.
The work is complete and in a modern calf over marbled boards with gilt titles. The binding is tight and clean, text and plates are very clean. In very good condition.
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A British naturalist and traveler; Pennant ( 1726-1798) travelled and wrote extensive detailed accounts of those travels and also on zoology and mineralogy. His written accounts of his travels included descriptions of the geology and mineral resources of the regions visited. Pennant actually began to collect minerals at the age of 20. Over his life he amassed a fine collection of over 1200 specimens, many from the Flintshire mines. He wrote a catalog of his collection and that resides in the British Museum of Natural History. The bulk of his original collection resides at the British Museum.
His account of his travels from Downing to Alston-Moor was written late in life and offered for publication by his son after his death. His journey from Downing to Alston Moor took place in 1773 and involved stops at many locations in Lancashire, Yorkshire, Westmoreland & Cumberland.