Paris: Theophile Barrois, le jeune, 1789.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 2 volumes, 8vo, in contemporary full leather bindings. Vol. 1:  + 376; Vol. 2:  + 375 +  pp. Half-titles present in both vols; two folding copper-engraved plates. Loss to one of the spine labels on Volume I, corners on Volume II rubbed, internally very clean. First French edition of Pennant’s Arctic Zoology, abridged from the English edition of 1784. The plates are of a Moose and a Musk Ox. Arctic Zoology was the first attempt at scientific collection and classification of the animals inhabiting the area north of 60° latitude. It includes much of North American origin, but the quadrupeds and birds of Scotland, Iceland, Norway (Spitsbergen), Lapland, the Russian Empire and Kamchatka are also discussed. The first volume is primarily concerned with mammals, the second with ornithology. Includes some accounts of early voyages of discovery, including that of Captain Cook.