Thomas PennantPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
British. Naturalist, best known for his
works on zoology. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. asks Linnaeus to permit him after so long an interruption of their correspondence to renew it by congratulating Linnaeus and the whole world of naturalists on the return of Joseph BanksBanks, Joseph (1743-1820).
British. Naturalist, president of the
Royal Society. Together with Daniel
Solander he took part in Cook’s first
voyage. Correspondent of Linnaeus. and Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1733-1782).
Swedish. Naturalist, explorer. Student
in Uppsala under Linnaeus and Johan
Gottschalk Wallerius. Went to London in
1760. Curator of natural history
collections at the British Museum.
Botanist on Cook’s first voyage
1768-1771. Joseph Bank’s librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. , who have procured immortality for themselves and unimaginable knowledge to those who devote themselves to the study of nature. Pennant enumerates for Linnaeus what he has done. After publishing the folio edition of the The British ZoologyPennant, Thomas The British
zoology, 4 vols. (London,
1766-1777). with 132 plates, he published a second eddition in two volumes octavo with seventeen plates. He published a third volume of the reptiles and fish with several plates and a fourth volume, which was a supplement to the rest, with 103 plates. The previous year he published his Indian zoologyPennant, Thomas Indian
zoology ([London, 1769]). in folio. It is still unfinished but will consist of about 24 fine plates illuminated with their history in English and French with a little fauna of India at the end. The previous spring he published a Synopsis of quadrupedsPennant, Thomas Synopsis of
quadrupeds (Chester, 1771). with 32 plates. This winter he will publish his tour through Scotland which will contain many observations on natural history. Pennant will send his Indian zoology and his Synopsis of quadrupeds through Gerhard Gustaf Adam von NolckenNolcken, Gerhard Gustaf Adam
(1733-1812). Swedish. Swedish envoy in
London 1764-1793. to whom Solander will deliver them. Pennant asks Linnaeus to excuse the variations he makes from Linnaeus’s system. He thanks Linnaeus for the honour he bestows in quoting him so frequently. He is happy to be immortalized by Linnaeus. If Linnaeus has not yet received Pennant’s other books, they will be sent. Pennant writes down his address for Linnaeus. Banks and Solander send their regards.