Pennant, Thomas "The Cormorant" From The British Zoology

Pennant, Thomas "The Cormorant" From The British Zoology

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Thomas Pennant. "The Cormorant".  From The British Zoology.

London: J. and J. March, 1766.  12 ½ x 18 11/2 (plate mark). Large folio. Etchings. Original hand-coloring. Drawings by P. Paillou, G. Edwards, et. al. Etchings by P. Mazell. Full margins. 

Thomas Pennant was a fellow of the Royal Society.  His British Zoology was a major undertaking for publishing the first color illustrations of birds in a book attempting to portray all of the British species, many of them life-size. The large scale and forthrightness of these images make for their unusual attractiveness and wonderful presence. For their subject matter, size, and tremendous appeal, these are among the very best early natural history prints. 

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