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A Tour through some of the Islands of Orkney and Shetland, with a view chiefly to objects of Natural History, but including also occasional remarks on the state of the inhabitants, their husbandry, and fisheries [bound with] List of Fishes Found in the Frith of Forth, and Rivers and Lakes near Edinburgh, with Remarks by Patrick Neill - Signed First Edition - 1806 - from E C Books (SKU: 032595)

A Tour through some of the Islands of Orkney and Shetland, with a view chiefly to objects of Natural History, but including also occasional remarks on the state of the inhabitants, their husbandry, and fisheries [bound with] List of Fishes Found in the Frith of Forth, and Rivers and Lakes near Edinburgh, with Remarks

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A Tour through some of the Islands of Orkney and Shetland, with a view chiefly to objects of Natural History, but including also occasional remarks on the state of the inhabitants, their husbandry, and fisheries [bound with] List of Fishes Found in the Frith of Forth, and Rivers and Lakes near Edinburgh, with Remarks

by Patrick Neill

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Edinburgh, London: A Constable and Company, and John Murray, 1806 A fair copy of Patrick Neill's description of his tour in Orkney and Shetland in contemporary half leather binding. Bound with a copy of his paper on Fishes, first read to the Wernerian Natural History Society in 1808, and inscribed 'With best compliments from PN'. Patrick Neill (1776-1851) was a printer who became particularly known for his 'interests' in botany and horticulture. He was a founding Member and first Secretary of the Wernerian Natural History Society. He visited Orkney and Shetland in 1804/5 and his account was initially published in parts through The Scots Magazine. He was appalled by the miserable conditions experienced by ordinary people on the islands and he started a lively debate on the issue. In the preface of the whole work, published 1806, he states 'it was almost impossible not to take some notice of the state of the inhabitants of the islands. The freedom of my remarks however, on the unfortunate condition of the common people in Shetland, has brought upon me the censure of some of the landholders, which they have, very unnecessarily vented in unmeaning scurrility through the medium of the newspapers and of Grub-street pamphlets......The mere republication of the whole tour will, to the Public in general, be sufficient for my vindication'. This copy is in contemporary half calf with gilt-lined raised bands, title label and date to spine. The boards are marbled. The binding has scuffing and wear and the front board is detached, but it would be an easy repair. The endpapers are newer and have the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian book collector to the front pastedown. Contents: initial blank; title (with small paper nibblle and part of old signature at the top); preface 4pp; contents 3pp; text pp 1-113; appendices - answers to strictures, mineralogy, additional orkney plants, birds of orkney, agricultural society of orkney, timber, herrings, whales; postscript; finis p239. List of Fishes pp 1-30. Contents generally in very good clean condition with some pencil lining and notes and the odd spot or mark.

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Bookseller Inventory #
032595
Title
A Tour through some of the Islands of Orkney and Shetland, with a view chiefly to objects of Natural History, but including also occasional remarks on the state of the inhabitants, their husbandry, and fisheries [bound with] List of Fishes Found in the Frith of Forth, and Rivers and Lakes near Edinburgh, with Remarks
Author
Patrick Neill
Format/binding
Half-Leather
Book condition
Used - Fair
Jacket condition
N
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
A Constable and Company, and John Murray
Place of Publication
Edinburgh, London
Date published
1806
Keywords
patrick neill natural history; orkney and shetland; patrick neill wernerian natural history society; patrick neill tour of orkney and shetland; nineteenth century poverty in orkney and shetland; patrick neill fish of frith of forth
Bookseller catalogs
HISTORY; Freshwater and Marine Life, including fish and fishing;
Size
12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall

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About E C Books

E C Books is a small online bookselling business, specialising in pre 20th century works:natural history, science, history, and travel, aiming for rarer and more unusual books. Our largest stock area is Natural History, where we have a good range of books from the 1700-1800's, many finely illustrated. Other areas include children's books, particularly late 1800's-early 1900's - again illustrated; and literature pre 1900.When you order books from us we ensure that they are properly packed to protect condition, and we always use recorded or 'signed for' postal services for more secure delivery. Please note that we have recently moved to the beautiful Orkney Islands, where we intend to open a bookshop over the next year. Because of our location we cannot guarantee 'next day' delivery but we will get your purchase to you as quickly and safely as we can.Please note that the buyer is responsible for the payment of any tax or duty on import.

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