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HEATH, Robert.


A Natural and Historical Account of the Islands of Scilly: describing their situation, number, extent, soil, culture, produce, rarities, towns, fortifications, trade, manufacture, inhabitants. Their government, laws, customs, grants, records, and antiquities. The importance of those islands to the British trade and navigation… And, lastly, a general account of Cornwall. London: Printed for R. Manby and H.S. Cox… 1750.

Price £ GBP 650.00

8vo, 1 leaf, pp. viii, xvi, xiii, (i), 456, 1 folding engraved chart, 1 folding engraved plate of Upnor Caste, 1 folding letterpress table. Contemporary calf, spine ruled in gilt and double gilt fillet on sides (but gilt a bit rubbed), red morocco label, spine and corners neatly repaired.

FIRST EDITION of the first separate account of the Isles of Scilly, including a description of Cornwall and its principal industry at the time, tin mining. Heath was a mathematician and army officer, serving in the islands with his regiment. The chart of the islands was drawn by him from a new survey in 1744.

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